On this day in 1868, the 14th Amendment was officially declared and ratified

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On July 28, 1868, a pivotal moment in American history occurred as the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was officially declared and ratified.

The amendment, encapsulated in a certificate signed by the Secretary of State, received the necessary approval from 28 out of the 37 states at the time, solidifying its place as a fundamental part of the nation’s supreme law.

The 14th Amendment, among its significant provisions, granted citizenship and equal protection under the law to all individuals born or naturalized in the United States, regardless of race or ethnicity.

This groundbreaking change marked a critical step in advancing civil rights and promoting equality in the country, making it a cornerstone of the American legal system.


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