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Lesson 19: How Has the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment Changed the Constitution?

Lesson 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.