Tag: Constitutional Amendments

The Lost Promise of Reconstruction

Among the unanticipated consequences of the election of Donald Trump has been a surge of interest in post-Civil War Reconstruction, when this country first attempted to construct an interracial democracy, and in the restoration of white supremacy that followed. Many Americans feel that we are living at a time like the end of the 19th […]

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Blackbeard’s Ship Heads to Supreme Court in a Battle Over Another Sort of Piracy

WASHINGTON — A little more than 300 years ago, the pirate Blackbeard captured a French merchant vessel, renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge, armed it with 40 cannons and used it to pursue his calling of pillage and plunder. In November, the Supreme Court will consider a case arising from the discovery of the ship’s wreckage […]

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Why Are Florida Republicans So Afraid of People Voting?

Coral Nichols will be eligible to vote when she’s 190. That’s assuming the 40-year-old Floridian — who served five years in prison for fraud and embezzlement, followed by nearly 10 years on probation — is able to keep up with her $100 monthly restitution payments. Jermaine Miller thought he had fully repaid the $223.80 he […]

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John Paul Stevens Dissented Until the End

Most Supreme Court justices keep a low profile after retiring from the bench. The court is the most opaque institution in American government, and its members go to lengths to keep it that way. They avoid weighing in publicly on live legal questions, and they rarely, if ever, criticize the work of the court’s current […]

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