Monday, July 09, 2007

14th amendment to the Constitution

On July 9th, 1868 (139 years ago today), the Civil Rights amendment to the Constitution was ratified. This amendment, the 14th, extended rights and liberties to former slaves. It gave the right to freedom and, for all males over the age of 21, the right to vote. While this amendment grants this freedom the carrying out of this amendment was spotty at best.

Want to view the original handwritten copy of the amendment? Check out the National Archives web page.

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  1. Could anyone inform me if the library is available for exchange students from abroad like me?

  2. The libraries at the University of Colorado at Boulder are open to the public. If you want to learn more about the library and the services, check out the library's Quick Guide.