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In Their Own Words

July 22, 1868

Editorial Opposed 14th Amendment Ratification

The Atlanta Constitution covered the story of the General Assembly’s July 21 ratification of the 14th Amendment. In an accompanying editorial, the Constitution noted its displeasure with the vote, observing:

“Having uniformly and consistently opposed every measure of Radical reconstruction proposed for our acceptance, earnestly believing that they were detrimental to the best interests of the State, we have no congratulations to offer our readers on the accession of Georgia to the Union… .”