July 9, 1868: The 14th Amendment is Adopted

On this day in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  It extended citizenship and its benefits to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” regardless of their race or gender, although it took nearly 100 years for this principle to be enforced.

Learn more about the 14th Amendment with Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

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“I’ve never felt gloriously less NPR"  –Peter Sagal on riding with Marines in Arizona Leatherneck’s Motorcycle Club

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Did you know today is “Constitution Day”? 226 years ago, September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution into law. Since 2004, this day has been set aside by the federal government for students nationwide to learn about the Constitution.

In honor of the day, we hope you take a few minutes to learn about the Constitution from both this blog’s archive and from the series website at