Bill of rights became applicable against states by dint of the fourteenth amendment but not all of the provisions of the original bill of rights were indeed rights of citizens some instead were at least in part rights of states and as such awkward to incorporate fully against states most obvious of course. The article then presents the easy case for incorporation based on the plain meaning of section one of the fourteenth amendment and confirmed by its legislative history and later persuasive interpretations next the article confronts the hard part of incorporation the difficulties of incorporating a bill importantly inspired by states rights against states and of adapting populist . Conceived in liberty the fourteenth amendment and the bill of rights michael kent curtist the history of the constitution in general and the fourteenth amendment in particular is at the center of a storm of political controversy as c vann wood ward has noted political movements always seek to gain control of history. The bill of rights and the fourteenth amendment the evolution of the absorption doctrine alex b lacy jr follow this and additional works athttps scholarlycommonslawwluedu wlulr part of thefourteenth amendment commons this article is brought to you for free and open access by the washington and lee law review at washington lee university school of law scholarly commons it has been
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