We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Lesson 19 Purpose
The previous lesson explained how the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits state governments from depriving a person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. This lesson examines how the equal protection clause prohibits state governments from denying people "equal protection of the laws." Like the due process clause, the equal protection clause places limits on America's governments, not private individuals.

When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to define equal protection of the laws. You should be able to explain why neither state governments nor the national government can deprive people of equal protection of the laws. You also should be able to explain the "separate but equal" doctrine of racial segregation and why the Supreme Court abandoned it in Brown v. Board of Education. You should be able to describe the categories that the Supreme Court now uses to decide cases challenging governmental actions that treat some people differently from others. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend a position on how conflicts between or among rights should be resolved. Audio ]
Lesson 19      How Has the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment Changed the Constitution?
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