14th Amendment with Tomiko Brown-Nagin

What do marriage equality, protection from racial discrimination, and protection from gender-based discrimination have in common? According to Harvard professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, the Fourteenth Amendment protects all Americans in these areas and more. Viewers hear that the amendment is not static and realize every generation must interpret it for themselves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in conjunction with other Constitution Hall Pass videos to compare and contrast different scholars' views of the Fourteenth Amendment
  • Ask learners to brainstorm where the Fourteenth Amendment offers them protection in their personal lives 
Classroom Considerations
  • One of three videos from noted scholars in the Constitution Hall Pass series on the Fourteenth Amendment
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The video is short and easy to pair with other resources
  • Expert makes clear the connections between the Fourteenth Amendment and today's America
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