The Second Founding: How The Civil War And Reconstruction Remade The Constitution
by Eric Foner
- Civil War, Politics & Law, American History
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The evolution of American equality
The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law.
Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar Eric Foner delivers a compact, insightful, and timely history that traces the arc of these pivotal amendments from their dramatic origins in pre-Civil War mass meetings of African-American "colored citizens" and in Republican party politics to their virtual nullification in the late nineteenth century. Like all great works of history, this one informs our understanding of the present as well as the past: knowledge and vigilance are always necessary to secure our basic rights.
“Eric Foner has done it again: his concise, superbly researched, beautifully written history of the Civil War amendments chronicles a revolution in law and moral sensibility.” -David W. Blight, Yale University, author of the Pulitzer prize–winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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|Release Date:||September 17, 2019|