14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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. In addition, it forbids states
from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without
due process of law" or to "deny to any person within
its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment
greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans
and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.
Congress Web Site | External Web
Sites | Selected
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
This collection contains congressional publications from 1774 to 1875, including debates, bills, laws, and journals.
- June 8, 1866 - The
Senate passed the 14th Amendment
by a vote of 33 to 11.
13, 1866 - The House
of Representatives passed the 14th Amendment by a vote of 120 to 32.
- June 16, 1866 - The
text of the 14th Amendment can be found in the United States Statutes at Large, volume 14, page 358 (14 Stat. 358).
- June 22, 1866 - President Andrew Johnson submitted a message to Congress announcing that the
Fourteenth Amendment had been sent to the states for ratification. Johnson voiced his displeasure
with the amendment by stating that his actions should "be considered
as purely ministerial, and in no sense whatever committing the Executive to
an approval or a recommendation of the amendment to the State legislatures
or to the people."
- July 28, 1868 - Secretary
of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying
the ratification of the 14th Amendment by the states.
Search in the 39th Congress to find additional legislative information on
the 14th Amendment.
African American Perspectives: Materials Selected from the Rare Book Collection
“African American Perspectives” gives a panoramic and eclectic review of African American history and culture from the early 19th through the early 20th centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900.
- The fourteenth amendment to the Constitution considered : the right to pursue any lawful trade or avocation, without other restraint than such as equally affects all persons, is one of the privileges of citizens of the United States which can not be abridged by state legislation / dissenting opinions of Mr. Justice Field, Mr. Justice Bradley, and Mr. Justice Swayne, of U.S. Supreme Court, in the New Orleans slaughter-house cases.
- Negro suffrage : should the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments be repealed? / Speech of Hon. Edward De V. Morrell, of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives, Monday, April 4, 1904.
National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection
The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) is a library of nearly 800 books and pamphlets documenting the suffrage campaign. They were collected between 1890 and 1938 by members of NAWSA and donated to the Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress on November 1, 1938. The bulk of the collection is derived from the library of Carrie Chapman Catt, president of NAWSA from 1900-1904, and again from 1915-1920.
- Suffrage conferred by the Fourteenth amendment : woman's suffrage in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, in general term, October, 1871 : Sara J. Spencer vs. The Board of Registration, and Sarah E. Webster vs. The Judges of Election : argument of the counsel for the plaintiffs : with the opinions of the court
Back in Time: 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.
The Chronicling America site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the 14th Amendment.
A selection of articles on the 14th Amendment includes:
- "Passage of the Constitutional Amendment by the Senate," The Evening Telegraph. (Philadelphia [Pa.]), June 9, 1866.
- "The Constitutional Amendment Passed by the House," The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]), June 14, 1866.
- "The President on the Amendment," The Daily Phoenix. (Columbia, S.C.), June 24, 1866.
- "Reconstruction: Ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment," New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]), July 20, 1868.
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. It includes a chapter on the 14th Amendment.
American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
This exhibition showcases the African American collections
of the Library of Congress. Displays more than 240 items,
including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps,
musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom
This exhibition, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society.
Fourteenth Amendment and Citizenship
Law Library of Congress page on the Fourteenth Amendment and the history of the citizenship clause.
On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued
a proclamation certifying without reservation that the
Fourteenth Amendment was a part of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court ruled separate-but-equal facilities
constitutional on intrastate railroads. For fifty years,
the Plessy v. Ferguson decision upheld the principle
of racial segregation.
June 2, 1924
On June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. The right to vote, however, was governed by state law; until 1957, some states barred Native Americans from voting.
Due Process, and Equal Protection: The Creation of the Fourteenth
The Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, National Constitution Center
from Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation,
1861-1867, University of Maryland
Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, Legal Information
Institute, Cornell Law School
Landmark Legislation: Thirteenth, Fourteenth, & Fifteenth Amendments, U.S. Senate
Documents, 14th Amendment, National Archives and
Equality: Harper’s Weekly Reports on Black America,
Avins, Alfred, comp. The Reconstruction Amendments' Debates: The Legislative History and Contemporary Debates in Congress on the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Richmond: Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government, 1967. [Catalog
Berger, Raoul. The Fourteenth Amendment
and the Bill of Rights. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989. [Catalog
-----. Government by Judiciary:
The Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund,
Bond, James E. No Easy Walk to Freedom:
Reconstruction and the Ratification of the Fourteenth
Conn.: Praeger, 1997. [Catalog
Curtis, Michael Kent. No State Shall
Abridge: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights. Durham, N.C.: Duke University
Press, 1986. [Catalog
Garrett. Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth
Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War
America. New York: H. Holt, 2006. [Catalog
Flack, Horace Edgar. The Adoption
of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 2003. [Catalog
Hay, Jeff, ed. Amendment XIV: Citizenship For All. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Greenhaven Press, 2009. [Catalog
James, Joseph B. The Ratification
of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1984. [Catalog
Meyer, Howard N. The Amendment that
Refused to Die: Equality and Justice Deferred: The History
of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Lanham, Md.: Madison Books, 2000. [Catalog
Nelson, William E. The Fourteenth
Amendment: From Political Principle to Judicial Doctrine. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard
University Press, 1988. [Catalog
Perry, Michael J. We the People:
The Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court. New York: Oxford University Press,
Burgan, Michael. The Reconstruction Amendments. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006. [Catalog
Hudson, David L. Jr. The Fourteenth
Amendment: Equal Protection Under the Law. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Publishers,