In this episode, we address the last four sections (Sections 2 through 5) of the Fourteenth Amendment. Each Section deals with a different issue that arose in Post-Civil-War, Reconstruction America.
Recall that Section 1 addressed some big concepts in Southern ideology and how to bring the Confederacy in line with Union ideals; think slavery, citizenship, and the like. The remaining Sections of the 14th Amendment deal more with logistics and, frankly, punishing those who rebelled. Specifically:
Section 2 deals with the apportionment of representatives now that former slaves have been freed. The short version -- big (enormously big) pro: freeing the slaves; con: giving the former Confederacy more voting power by increasing their counted populations. The longer version: here's our source.
Section 3 disqualifies former rebels from holding office unless …