Fourteenth Amendment

Introduction

In 1868, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States granted citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to African Americans and slaves who had been emancipated after the American Civil War, including them under the umbrella phrase “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” In all, the amendment comprises five sections, four of which began in 1866 as separate proposals that stalled in legislative process and were amalgamated into a single amendment.

Article Details:

Fourteenth Amendment

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    Fourteenth Amendment

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/fourteenth-amendment

  • Access Date

    November 22, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks