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14th Amendment Ratification Celebration

The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed by the Senate on June 8, 1866, and ratified two years later, on July 9, 1868. The Fourteenth Amendment granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including formerly enslaved people—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.”  

The Fourteenth Amendment was highly influential in the outcome of major Supreme Court decisions as well as civil rights laws.

Constitution Day commemorates the creation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. How does it apply to immigrants? In this edition of her Academically Speaking podcast, Vice Provost and Dean Theodorea Regina Berry discusses the Fourteenth Amendment, birthright citizenship, and the path to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen with Michael Mendez, a partner at the law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL.

Eric Foner, Professor of History at Columbia University, discusses the creation and contents of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Constitution Day
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September 17, 2021

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