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To: ol' hoghead

On a recent FR discussion I read that the anchor baby status thing arose from law to keep southern states from disenfranchising recently freed slaves as voters


42 posted on 05/22/2005 6:40:56 PM PDT by commonasdirt (Reading DU so you don't hafta)
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To: commonasdirt
Congress, first in Sec. 1 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (3) and then in the first sentence of Sec. 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, (4) set aside the Dred Scott holding in a sentence ''declaratory of existing rights, and affirmative of existing law. . . .'' (5)

In the Dred Scott case The ''Negro,'' or ''African race,'' according to the Chief Justice (Taney), was ineligible to attain United States citizenship, either from a State or by virtue of birth in the United States, even as a free man descended from a Negro residing as a free man in one of the States at the date of ratification of the Constitution

Under Dred Scott, black people could never have the right of citizenship. Civil Rights Act of 1866 and 14th amendment gave the rights of citizenship to anyone born on US soil.

52 posted on 05/22/2005 7:36:20 PM PDT by ol' hoghead (If you stick your head in the sand, you make your butt a big target.)
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