WGST 152
The Fourteenth Amendment and the Meanings of Equality Fall 2009
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed WGST 152 / HIST 152
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For more than a century, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has served as the principal touchstone for legal debates over the meaning of equality and freedom in the United States. This course explores the origins of the 14th Amendment in the years immediately following the Civil War, and examines the evolution of that amendment’s meaning in the century that followed. Central themes in this course include the contested interpretations of “due process,” “privileges and immunities,” “equal protection,” and “life, liberty or property”; the rise, fall, and rebirth of substantive due process; and the battles over incorporating the Bill of Rights into the 14th Amendment. We will pay particular attention to how debates over the 14th Amendment have shaped and been shaped by the changing meanings of racial and gender equality, and how the 14th Amendment has transformed the promise and experience of American citizenship.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 1004
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class discussion, three short analytical papers, and a final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, and then to sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Unit Notes: meets Group F requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGST 152 Division II HIST 152 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LGST Interdepartmental Electives

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