The 14th Amendment defines citizenship, and since its ratification in 1868 has become perhaps the most cited amendment in cases argued before the Supreme Court. It remains very much under contention to this day, as litigants, lawyers, and judges argue its intents and effects. Why has this amendment remained so controversial? In a 2-3 page paper, examine its merits and failings. You should refer to the document itself, the essays in Major Problems in American History, and the discussions in class (a synopsis of which can be found below on the blog).
Alternatively, you may attend tonight's showing of I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang presented by the Department of Theatre and Film, and write a 2-3 page review of the movie.
This assignment is due at the beginning of class next Friday, September 3.