Freedmen, The Fourteenth Amendment, And The Right To Bear Arms, 1866-1876

Hardcover | November 1, 1998

byStephen P. Halbrook

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Whether newly-freed slaves could be trusted to own firearms was in great dispute in 1866, and the ramifications of this issue reverberate in today's "gun-control" debate. This is the only comprehensive study ever published on the intent of the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment and of Reconstruction-era civil rights legislation to protect the right to keep and bear arms. Indeed, this is the most detailed study ever published about the intent of the Fourteenth Amendment to incorporate and to protect from state violation any of the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, even including free speech. Paradoxically, the Second Amendment is virtually the only Bill of Rights guarantee not recognized by the federal courts as protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. Through legislative and historical records generated during the Reconstruction epoch (1866-1876), Halbrook shows the intent of the Fourteenth Amendment and of civil rights legislation to guarantee full and equal rights to blacks, including the right to keep and bear arms.

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Whether newly-freed slaves could be trusted to own firearms was in great dispute in 1866, and the ramifications of this issue reverberate in today's "gun-control" debate. This is the only comprehensive study ever published on the intent of the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment and of Reconstruction-era civil rights legislation to pro...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.56 × 6.35 × 0.92 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275963314

ISBN - 13:9780275963316

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"Halbrook assuredly achieves his goal. He provides overwhelming evidence that the Fourteenth Amendment was meant to protect the right of individuals to be armed and that this particular right was a major concern of its framers. He offers scholars in the field a wealth of quotations from the historical debates. He includes an interesting account of southern conventions, and an excellent account of the events leading up to the landmark Cruickshank case....[H]albrook helps restore the historical record of a badly served constitutional amendment."-American Historical Review