Editors. "The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution adopted". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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It grants citizenship to anyone born in the United States and guarantees due process and equal protection of the laws. It serves as the basis for applying the rights specified in the US Constitution to the states.