Reconstruction's Legacy

The History and Contemporary Significance
of the 14th Amendment

The 14th Amendment, enacted in 1868, was designed to secure the freedom of former enslaved Africans and African Americans by guaranteeing them the basic rights of citizenship and insuring equality before the law. It was the cornerstone of Reconstruction, became the foundation for the Civil Rights Movement, and has been central to the expansion of full constitutional rights and protection for all American citizens.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, this two-day symposium will bring leading legal scholars and historians together to discuss the Amendment's relevance in today's world.