“The Exponent of Rebellion”: Examining the 14th Amendment, Section 3 across the U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Just over 155 years ago, on July 9, 1868, the second of the three Reconstruction Amendments was adopted. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution speaks to citizenship, legislative apportionment, and the disqualification from holding public office of those who "have engaged in insurrection or rebellion..." Although ratified universally by the former Confederate states — it was required to regain Congressional representation — it was not observed consistently. The undersigned, republican members of the legislature of Georgia, duly elected by the...
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