LAW 2965 - Congress Enforcement of Civil Rights
This course will focus on congressional power to enforce the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, from Reconstruction to the present. Analysis will include historical debates and cases concerning enforcement legislation during Reconstruction and early resolution of issues of civil rights and suffrage, as well as how the Court revisited its earlier constitutional interpretations following congressional enactments during the Civil Rights Movement. The course will then examine the expanded categories of discrimination addressed by Congress in recent years, including age and disability and protection of rights like free exercise that were applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.
Prerequisites & Notes
Pre-Requisites: Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II. These classes are pre-requisites because students will be expected to build on a foundation of knowledge of the Fourteenth Amendment. They will be presented with issues of constitutional interpretation that would prove difficult without prior exposure to constitutional law.
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