Reply To: Reason for Opposition to the 14th Amendment?


Holy ____! Why is it wikipedia spells things out so planly but I’d never heard of this before

President Andrew Johnson’s vetoes of these measures [1867 Reconstruction Act] were overridden by Congress. After Ex Parte McCardle (1867) came before the Supreme Court, Congress feared that the Court might strike the Reconstruction Acts down as unconstitutional. To prevent this, Congress repealed the Habeas Corpus Act 1867, revoking to the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over the case.

My history teachers in high school AND college just glossed over this….