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Our Secret ConstitutionHow Lincoln Redefined American Democracy$
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George P. Fletcher

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195156285.001.0001

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Equality

Equality

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(p.91) Chapter 5 Equality
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Our Secret Constitution
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George P. Fletcher (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195156285.003.0006

This chapter examines the myriad shadings of the concept of equality. The author discusses the origins and philosophical underpinnings of the phrase, “all men are created equal,” Immanuel Kant's concept of human dignity, and the impact of religion and nationalism on the theory of equality found in the Fourteenth Amendment. Special attention is paid to Charles Black's alternative reading of the Amendment's emphasis on citizenship as the requisite for equal treatment under the law.

Keywords:   Charles Black, citizenship, equal treatment, equality, Fourteenth Amendment, human dignity, Immanuel Kant, nationalism, religion

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