All But Redacted: The Privileges or Immunities Clause | Episode 3
The Privileges or Immunities Clause was meant to be one of the key liberty-protecting provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Clause says: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” That sounds like a big deal, right? It’s not. The Clause has been virtually read out of the Constitution, and for people trying to vindicate their civil rights in court, it’s been of little practical use. That story—the near redaction of the Clause—begins with the Slaughterhouse Cases, which the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1873.
On Episode Three of Bound By Oath: What rights were the Framers of the Fourteenth Amendment seeking to protect through the Privileges or Immunities Clause? And what happened to the Clause?
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Chris Green, University of Mississippi School of Law
Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law
With appearances by:
Kurt Lash, University of Richmond School of Law
Aderson Francois, Georgetown Law
Martha Jones, Johns Hopkins University
Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law Houston
Sheldon Gilbert, National Constitution Center
C-SPAN Coverage of Professor Barnett’s talk on Slaughterhouse at the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society.
C-SPAN Coverage of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Georgetown Law Center’s mock retrial of Bradwell v. Illinois.
Bench Memo for the Re-argument of The Slaughter-House Cases, by Nicholas Mosvick
The Slaughterhouse Cases: Regulation, Reconstruction, and the Fourteenth Amendment, by Ronald M. Labbé and Jonathan Lurie