Intended to grant citizenship rights and due process protection to former slaves, the 14th Amendment became the foundation for Reconstruction, the civil rights movement and the expansion of constitutional rights and protection for all U.S. citizens. This curated collection of resources covers a wide variety of resources from fourth grade to high school. For a complete list of resources on the 14th Amendment, click here.

The 14th Amendment and the Evolution of Title IX

Ratified in 1868, Congress and the courts have applied the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause to many aspects of public life over the past 150 years. In this activity, students will explore the evolution of the 14th Amendment through the lens of Title IX, which prohibits institutions that receive federal funding from excluding students from participating in educational and athletic programs on the basis of sex. The Supreme Court’s first Title IX case, Grove City College v. Bell, also demonstrates how each of the three branches exercises its authority. Grades 9-12. U.S. Courts

A Conversation on the Constitution: The 14th Amendment

Incorporating three integral constitutional tenets – due process, equal protection, and privileges and immunities – the 14th Amendment was originally intended to secure rights for former slaves, but over the years, it has been expanded to protect all people. In this video, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the importance of the 14th Amendment and how it came to embody and protect the principle of “We the People.” Grades 9-12. Annenberg Classroom

Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause

This film examines the case Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886) in which the Supreme Court held that noncitizens have due process rights under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. Grades 9-12. Annenberg Classroom

Citizenship and the U.S. Constitution

Students examine the concept of “citizen” from a definitional perspective of what a citizen is and from the perspective of how citizenship is conferred in the U.S. Students also discuss the rights and responsibilities of citizens and noncitizens and review the changing history of citizenship from colonial times to the present. Grades 9-12. Center for Civic Education

The Southern “Black Codes” of 1865-1866

This unit describes the development of Black Codes after the Civil War and details sections of the South Carolina code on Civil Rights, labor contracts, vagrancy, apprenticeship, courts and punishment, and other restrictions. In small groups, students evaluate one of six sections of the South Carolina code through the lens of the 14th Amendment. Grades 9-12. Constitutional Rights Foundation

Civil Conversation on the 14th Amendment

The 14th Amendment redefined the central institutions of American civic and political life after the Civil War and remains the bulwark of our constitutional rights today. Use the Civil Conversation strategy to take a closer reading of Section 1 of the amendment. Grades 6-12. Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago

American Reformers

This unit focuses on efforts to improve U.S. society from the early 1800s to the 1850s, including the temperance movement; efforts to obtain better treatment for people with mental illnesses; the campaign for free public education; the work of abolitionists; and the early women’s rights movement. Grades 4-8. Core Knowledge Foundation

Japanese American Internment

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which gave the military broad powers to ban any citizen from a coastal area stretching from Washington state to California and extending into southern Arizona. More than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry –77,000 of them American citizens – were incarcerated without criminal charges or trial. Grades 9-12. Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Slaughterhouse Cases

Using video clips, students will investigate the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment in the years after its ratification. Grades 9-12. National Constitution Center

“Twelve Angry Men”: Trial by Jury as a Right and as a Political Institution

“Twelve Angry Men,” originally written for TV and subsequently adapted for stage and film, conveys the importance of the right to a jury trial afforded by Article III of the Constitution as well as Amendments V, VI, and XIV. Grades 9-12. National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment

Obergefell v. Hodges and consolidated cases (2015)

Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license same-sex marriages? Does it require a state to recognize a same-sex marriage that was lawfully licensed out-of-state? Grades 9-12. Street Law

Interactive Constitution: 14th Amendment

The Interactive Constitution is a nonpartisan tool that allows learners of all ages to engage with the text of the Constitution, discover how experts agree and disagree about its history and meaning, and explore arguments on all sides of constitutional debates. Explore its resources on the 14th Amendment. Grades 8-12. National Constitution Center