The Constitution of the United States of America
Amendment 14: (Civil War Amendment)
Citizenship, equal protection under the law
granted to former slaves
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and
subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States
and of the State wherein they reside.
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall
abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;
nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or
property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Amendment 14, Section 2