• Black Politics — State vs. Nation Centered Power, Part 2: Strategy Implications on Black Politics
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    Black Politics — State vs. Nation Centered Power, Part 2: Strategy Implications on Black Politics

    National-Centered Power gives greater authority and responsibility to the federal government. Generally speaking, nation centered powers are limited to those specified in the Constitution. As it relates to black politics, the so-called “Reconstruction Amendments” that were introduced into the Constitution after the Civil War are probably the most significant. These are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the constitution. The thirteenth amendment stated in part that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist in the United States…” but significantly, it goes on to say “… except as punishment for a crime.” Thus, the formal institution of slavery was effectively abolished, but many states found ways of maintaining control over…

  • Amendments 11-27
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    Amendments 11-27

    Today we will learn about amendments 11 through 27. Amendments are changes to the Constitution, so, they come at the very end after the preamble and the articles. We have 27 amendments total but, today we will learn about numbers 11 through 27. Let’s jump right in with the 11th amendment The 11th amendment deals with lawsuits against states, when a citizen of one state or a foreign country wishes to sue a state, it may not do so in federal court, it must do so in the state’s court, this protects the power of the states. Next up is the 12th amendment. The 12th amendment outlines the procedure for…