Punishment for Secession and the 14th Amendment

Here’s Professor William Blair of Penn State University speaking at Pamplin Park’s 2016 Symposium. His topic is “Punishment for Secession and the 14th Amendment,” telling us how part of the 14th Amendment was intended as a punishment for secession and treason in the Civil War.

The video’s description reads, “William Blair talked about how the 14th Amendment was used after the Civil War to punish former rebels for secession. He described how the different sections of the amendment applied to voting laws, representation in Congress, and exclusion from public office. He also argued that all of these impacted ex-Confederates.”

He tells us the amendment contained an attempt to curtail the political power of former rebels as well as solidify the loss of billions of dollars worth of property with the emancipation of enslaved people, and it also prohibited the payment of any war debt incurred in support of the rebellion, so that money was lost forever to the rebels.

This is a really good presentation.




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