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UC Student Has Research Paper Published


Williamsburg, Ky. - The senior research paper written by Matthew Brotherton of Harrison, Ohio was selected for inclusion into The Upsilonian, the yearly published journal of the University of the Cumberlands History and Political Department.

His paper “Broken Promises? The Guarantee Clause of Article IV, Section 4, and the Right to Vote” details a brief history of the right to vote in the United States of America and how the Guarantee Clause in Article 4 of the United States Constitution has not been used to defend that right as the founding fathers originally intended.

The research paper uses congressional acts and Supreme Court decisions from every era of American History to show that this Clause is consistently set aside in legal decisions in favor of other laws such as the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Wade-Davis Bill of 1864.

In addition to his paper having been published in The Upsilonian, Brotherton also presented his paper in the spring of 2011at the Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for History at Murray State University.

Brotherton, a Harrison, OH resident, is a member of the Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a Resident Assistant, and captain of the University of the Cumberlands Academic Team. He will complete his Social Studies Secondary Education certification requirements in December 2011.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.