Paper: A Discussion on the 14th Amendment

Where the federal government had won long ago, and the issue became only a question of how long till it equality would be protected in the south by the federal government. The struggle between state, and federal government is a large part of American history. Before the constitution was even written states had tried to prevent a strong central government. As evidenced by the civil war they failed, and the federal government prevailed. The resistance to segregation is part of the civil war that took place nearly a century prior to the sixties. The federal government provided the 14th amendment to make sure the rights of every citizen wouldnt be violated. Unfortunately they were violated in the south by state laws known as the Jim crow laws. The 14th amendment though did provide a critical tool for leaders like King to gain the federal government as an ally. The 14th amendment alone though wasnt enough, Earl Warren the chief justice of the supreme court also utilized the 14th amendment to make critical decisions in favor of civil rights. Warrens court didnt solely focus on blacks, but civil rights in general. Either way without Warrens liberal decisions the civil rights movement could never of made its non violent progress, and without the 14th amendment Earl Warren could never of been able to make his decisions in favor of the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement was able to take a piece of the constitution and justify their demands. They made a situation where southerners were either hypocritical or against the federal government. By gaining the government as an ally the movement had gained the protection, and publicity it needed to make equality in the south happen. This combined with the strong judicial branch headed by Ear! Warren, the movement was able to make leaps and bounds in the advancements of civil rights by utilizing the 14th amendment....