14th Amendment Ratified

On this date in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, in part reading: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The 14th Amendment, as gradually applied by the Supreme Court, has incorporated the Bill of Rights and constitutional rights, including the right to be free from state-fostered religion, to citizens of all states.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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