Presented here is the rough draft of the introduction and first chapter of a book tentatively entitled Taking American Citizenship Seriously and the Recovery of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the introduction, I introduce the purpose and organization of the work. In the first chapter, "A Coherent and Conservative Measure," I argue that the drafters and supporters of the Amendment had a coherent understanding of the measure, and understood it as a means to secure principles that were old, that is, fundamental to free government and long recognized in the spirit if not letter of the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
Chapter 3. In this chapter, I present a new history of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment. I rely, in part, on some documentary evidence that has not yet been discussed and, unlike most other accounts, I place heavy emphasis on those details that seem most relevant to recovery the original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment, including explaining the actual and apparent disagreements among supporters as to its meaning. That explanation and that recovery will be the subject of chapters 4 and 5