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Chapter 13: Equal Rights and Equal Protection of the Laws
Chapter 13: Equal rights and equal protection of the laws

Equal rights and equal protection of the laws are two of the great promises of American democracy. They are also great embarrassments to the U.S. Constitution as practiced for centuries in U.S. history. The Declaration of Independence in 1776 had proclaimed what its authors saw as the “self-evident” truth that “all men are ...

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