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14th Amendment adopted, 1868
Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privile…
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A monarch of outsized proportions, passions and appetites, King Henry VIII (1491-1547) ruled England for 36 years.
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Check out six fascinating facts about the Great Charter’s story and its significance.
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