The Slaughterhouse Cases

In 1873, the Supreme Court infamously suggested that the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects only a rather paltry set of rights such as the right to use the navigable waters of the United States. And indeed since then the right to use the navigable waters has been more or less ignored. But was the right really so obscure and unimportant in the wake of the Civil War as it seems today? Nope, it was a super big deal, argues the Fourth Episode of the “fascinating” and “riveting” Bound By Oath podcast. Subscribe today.

Tags: 1873, Bound by Oath Podcast, Fourteenth Amendment, Privileges and Immunities Clause, Supreme Court

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