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Author Foner, Eric, 1943-
Title The second founding : how the Civil War and Reconstruction remade the Constitution / Eric Foner.
Imprint New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019]
Edition First edition.

Author Foner, Eric, 1943-
Subject United States. Constitution. 13th-15th Amendments.
Constitutional history -- United States -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Influence.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Law and legislation.
Add Title How the Civil War and Reconstruction remade the Constitution
Description xxix, 224 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Occupation/field of activity group: occ Historians lcdgt
Gender group: gdr Men lcdgt
Occupation/field of activity group: occ Journalists lcdgt
National/regional group: nat New Yorkers (New York State) lcdgt
Edition First edition.
Note Text in English.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 180-205) and index.
Summary From the Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar comes a timely history of the constitutional changes that built equality into the nation's foundation and how those guarantees have been shaken over time.
Contents Introduction: Origins of the Second Founding -- What is Freedom?: The Thirteenth Amendment -- Toward Equality: The Fourteenth Amendment -- The Right to Vote: The Fifteenth Amendment -- Justice and Jurisprudence -- Epilogue.
Summary The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three consitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law. The Reconstruction amendments abolished slavery, guaranteed all persons due process and equal protection of the law, and equipped black men with the right to vote. They established the principle of birthright citizenship and guaranteed the privileges and immunities of all citizens. The federal government, not the states, was charged with enforcement, reversing the priority of the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In grafting the principle of equality onto the Constitution, these revolutionary changes marked the second founding of the United States. Eric Foner's compact, insightful history 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. A series of momentous decisions by the Surpreme Court narrowed the rights guaranteed in the amendments, while the state actively undermined them. The Jim Crow system was the result. Again today there are serious political challenges to birthright citizenship, voting rights, due process, and equal protection of the law. 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. -- From dust jacket.
ISBN 9780393652574 hardcover
0393652572 hardcover
ISBN/ISSN 40029448584
OCLC # 1084430574
Additional Format Online version: Foner, Eric, 1943- Second founding. First edition. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019] 9780393652581 (OCoLC)1120048406

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