Today In History- July 9

Today In History- July 9


The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified.

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14th Amendment grants equal protection to all.

  • Washington D.C., USA

As part of the dramatic Reconstruction movement after the American Civil War, on July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment to the Constitution was ratified.  The amendment was passed as a means to provide equal protection under the law to former slavers, and effectively overturned the infamous Dred Scott vs. Sanford decision.  Though it stipulates the illegality of segregation, civil rights leaders used the due process clause as a means to combat racial segregation in the 1960s, and is revered as among the most important additions to the Constitution since the Bill of Rights.

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