Constitution USA: Created Equal, Part 3

Constitution USA: Created Equal, Part 3

Tuesday, May 21 at 9:00 p.m.

The high ideals of the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” didn’t make it into the Constitution in 1787.

It took three-quarters of a century, and a bloody civil war, before the Fourteenth Amendment of 1868 made equality a constitutional right and gave the federal government the power to enforce it.

The far-reaching changes created by that amendment established new notions of citizenship, equal protection, due process and personal liberty. Today, those notions are being used to fight for same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action and immigration reform.

Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" rides his Harley across country to explore our nation's Constitution.