15th Amendment

The 15th amendment gave African American men the right to vote. It states that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” While it gave African American men...

14th Amendment

The 14th amendment was created in 1868 during the Reconstruction era and its purpose was to grant all citizens born in the United States citizenship. This included specifically former slaves and gave them equal protection under the law. However, this also led to separate but equal, where local governments would keep races separate and...

13th Amendment

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” In simpler terms, the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States. It was passed in 1864-65 after the Civil War. This...

Some Problems with Criminal Justice

There have been many stories of people getting arrested for the smallest offenses, like jumping a turnstile in the train station. The number of arrests is increasing for these minor offenses. This leads to the idea that police officers are arresting people whenever they feel like it. In Barry Paddock’s article in the New...

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