The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, November 5, 2018

The fascinating 1866 Senate debate on the 14th Amendment

One thing this most recent debate over birthright citizenship – and whether President Donald Trump can amend the Constitution without a congressional vote (he can’t, and would open up an awful Pandora’s box if he did) – is the renewed interest in the 1866 debate over the 14th Amendment. The Senate hearings on the issue were quite fascinating – especially in the run-up to the actual vote.


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Does it matter what the gasbags said? What they wrote in the amendment is what matters, surely.

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 5, 2018 4:44:29 PM