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Overview In , E. Doctorow celebrated the Constitution's bicentennial by reading it. Distinguished legal scholar Garrett Epps--himself an award-winning novelist--disagrees. It's about 7, words. And Doctorow "missed a good deal of high rhetoric, many literary tropes, and even a trace of, if not wit, at least irony," he writes. Americans may venerate the Constitution, "but all too seldom is it read. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. American Copia: An Immigrant Epic. Today I'm going to the grocery store, begins this creative fusion of poetry, fiction and Today I'm going to the grocery store, begins this creative fusion of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
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The American Socialist Movement This is the epic story of the struggle to build a mass socialist movement in This is the epic story of the struggle to build a mass socialist movement in ragtime America. Kipnis was a brilliant historian, and this is his enduring gift to activists. Didier Rain is broke, lovesick, and just off a three-day whiskey binge. And yet, The It penalizes states that withhold the ballot but does not require them to grant it.
The Fifteenth Amendment, however, does speak specifically of "the right of citizens of the United States to vote.
In this form, it will appear a total of three more times, each time now protected against abridgment, as an individual right "of citizens," one that can be enforced by both courts and Congress. Yet courts and citizens remain oddly am- bivalent about it; it is common to regard voting as a "privilege," an incident of citizenship granted to some but not all.
The "privilege" over the years has been made dependent on literacy, or long residency in a community, or ability to prove identity, or lack of a criminal past. None of these conditions would be allowed to restrict free speech, or freedom from "unreasonable" searches, or the right to counsel, even though each of those rights is mentioned once in the Constitution. The right to vote of citizens of the United States remains a kind of stepchild in the family of American rights, perhaps because it is not listed in the Bill of Rights, and perhaps because Americans still retain the Framers' ambivalence about democracy.
In the Fifteenth Amendment, the right to vote is not to be "denied or abridged on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Many things might "abridge" a right without "denying" it altogether. Whatever the status of the right as a right, it is apparently quite strictly protected from any kind of limit--any kind of limit, that is, based on "race, color, or previous condition of servitude.taylor.evolt.org/xyfux-donde-conocer-mujeres.php
It is commonplace, thus, to describe the amendment as aimed solely at racial restrictions on the right to vote. But that description slights part of the text. The amendment mentions "race" and "color," but those aren't the only grounds of discrimination it forbids. It also uses the word "servitude," echoing the Thirteenth Amendment's prohibition not only of slavery but of "involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.
The choice of the word "servitude" interacts intriguingly with the text of the Thirteenth Amendment.
That is, "slavery" is prohibited, as is "involuntary servitude except as a punishment for crime. One recent book remembered the conditions in the 20th-century Parchman Farm prison in Mississippi as "worse than slavery. In this reading, only felons actively serving prison terms could be barred from voting--their "condition of servitude" would be present, not "previous. One can understand questions about felons on juries. But "the right of citizens of the United States to vote" is more strongly protected in the text than jury service.
It is the only right in the Constitution to be protected in terms of "previous condition of servitude.
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It is has written of the right to vote in scare quotes -- as "the right" to vote -- as if it were somehow questionable or inferior to other rights. But in light of the Constitution's actual language, that reading seems as strained as a house-sitter's argument that an owner's instructions permit him to starve the dog to death.