November 18, 2019

Today in History: Fourteenth Amendment

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. On this date in 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the amendment. The 14th amendment granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States", including former slaves freed after the Civil War. Referred to as one of the "Reconstruction Amendments", this amendment also prohibits states … [Read more...]

Today in History: Congress Approves 19th Amendment

Today in History–June 4–the Library of Congress features U.S. Congressional approval of the the woman's suffrage amendment on this day in 1919. But victory was still a ways off, It took over a year for the necessary three quarters of the 48 states (Alaska and Hawaii were not admitted into the Union until 1959) to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. Find out more about the woman suffrage movement by visiting the Today in History section, … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Articles of Confederation

Today in History–November 15–the Library of Congress features the Articles of Confederation, adopted by the Second Continental Congress on this day in 1777. Although Congress urged prompt action, it took more than three years for all thirteen states to ratify the articles that supported a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government. Find out more by visiting the  Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Draft of the Articles … [Read more...]