The Second Founding by Eric Foner

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In the wake of the Civil War, the 13th amendment abolished slavery, the 14th constitutionalized the principle of birthright citizenship and equality before the law, and the 15th aimed to secure black male suffrage. In The Second Founding, historian Eric Foner describes how these revisions amounted to a profound and pivotal remaking of the Constitution to establish the principle of equality, yet were undermined by Supreme Court decisions and state actions. Not until well into the 20th Century did the U.S. undertake renewed strides toward realizing the concepts of racial equality, due process, and individual rights reflected in the Reconstruction amendments. Amid fresh political challenges today to birthright citizenship, voting rights, due process, and equal protection of the law, Foner’s book is especially relevant and key to understanding the history and meaning of the Reconstruction amendments.


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ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

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