The fourteenth amendment amendment xiv to the united states constitution was adopted on july 9 1868 as one of the reconstruction amendments military government was imposed until new civil governments were established and the fourteenth amendment was ratified. 14th amendment to the constitution was ratified july 28 1868 on july 28 1868 the 14th amendment to the united states constitution was ratified the amendment grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the united states which included former slaves who had just been freed after the civil war. The 14th amendment to the constitution was ratified on july 9 1868 and granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the united states which included former slaves recently freed. The so called fourteenth amendment was dubiously proclaimed by the secretary of state on july 20 1868 the president shared that doubt there were 37 states in the union at the time so ratification by at least 28 was necessary to make the amendment an integral part of the constitution. 14th amendment the fourteenth amendment addresses many aspects of citizenship and the rights of citizens the most commonly used and frequently litigated phrase in the amendment is equal protection of the laws which figures prominently in a wide variety of landmark cases including brown v
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