The very timely series will look at the powerful, cultural impact which was passed in the 19th Century, but now seems to be forgotten.
Will Smith will be hosting (and executive producing) a new six-part docuseries for Netflix, entitled 'Amend: The Fight for America', all about one historic moment which sent a wave of change through the often-troubled country.
Together with the likes of special guests such as Samuel L. Jackson, Mahershala Ali, Pedro Pascal, Diane Lane, and Yara Shahidi, the docuseries will unfold what happened under the passing of America's Fourteenth Amendment in 1868.
The Fourteenth Amendment basically defines what America ultimately defines as its "citizens". Essentially, everyone under the law, no matter your race, sexual orientation, or gender, have equal rights. The law was passed by Congress in 1866, but US President Andrew Johnson was opposed, delaying its approval.
The series will look at its history, as well as looking at the present-day whereby the law has fallen by the wayside. What does it really mean, to be an American?
Here's the synopsis for the docuseries:
'Amend: The Fight for America' is a six-part docuseries that explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution - which, in 1868, promised liberty and equal protection for all persons - as America’s most enduring hallmark of democracy. Amend deploys a groundbreaking narrative format featuring a number of luminaries (Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson, Pedro Pascal, Yara Shahidi, and more) breathing life into speeches and writings by the Fourteenth Amendment’s most ardent advocates and foes (including Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Andrew Johnson) with insights from an inclusive array of contemporary thought leaders and experts. Executive produced and hosted by Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith and Emmy-winning writer Larry Wilmore, Amend is a powerful, multimedia journey through American history that encourages viewers to question what a “United States” really means.
Here's the trailer.
'Amend: The Fight for America' arrives on Netflix February 17.