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Does the U.S. Constitution Exclude Blacks from Its Civil Rights Protections?

Does the U.S. Constitution Exclude Blacks from Its Civil Rights Protections?

By Keith Hardine A Black History Month Essay: Frederick Douglass, a former slave once stated that: “There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty, honor, and patriotism enough, to live up to their own Constitution.”  . This was quite a radical statement coming from a former slave who lived […]

The Founders’ Word: Void

The Founders’ Word: Void

When it comes to limits of federal power under the Constitution, the view of many Founding Fathers fits under the same theme. That is, federal acts outside of the Constitution are null and void. Oliver Ellsworth, the Supreme Court’s third Chief Justice, put it this way during the ratification debates: “If the United States go […]