Before we get started on the reconstruction amendments 13-15 I will look at the 16th amendment, the Income Tax amendment, because there was real litigation on many of the points raised by modern skeptics about the Reconstruction Amendments. The purpose of this is to show that the nit pickers about amendments, the ones that raise technical and obscure issues with the Constitutionality of amendments never prosper. Sixteenth Amendment ratification Benson contentions Benson contentions The William J. Benson contention is essentially that the legislatures of various states passed ratifying resolutions in which the quoted text of the Amendment differed from the text proposed by Congress in terms of capitalization, spelling of words, or punctuation marks (e.g. semi-colons instead of commas), and that these differences made the ratification invalid. Benson makes other assertions including claims that one or more states rejected the Amendment and that the state or states were falsely reported as having ratified the Amendment. As explained below, the Benson arguments have been rejected in every court case where they have been raised, and were explicitly ruled to be fraudulent in 2007. The bottom line is that trivial objections to amendments are not going to go very far. Ohio's statehood In Baker v. Commissioner, the court stated: Petitioner's theory [that Ohio was not a state until 1953 and that the Sixteenth Amendment was not properly ratified] is based on the enactment of Pub. L. 204, ch. 337, 67 Stat. 407 (1953) relating to Ohio's Admission into the Union. As the legislative history of this Act makes clear, its purpose was to settle a burning debate as to the precise date upon which Ohio became one of the United States. S. Rept. No. 720 to accompany H.J. Res. 121 (Pub. L. 204), 82d Cong. 2d Sess. (1953). We have been cited to no authorities which indicate that Ohio became a state later than March 1, 1803, irrespective of Pub. L. 204.