Title

The Story of the 14th Amendment and America’s Second Founding

Document Type

Video

Publication Date

4-23-2018

Department

Civil War Era Studies

Comments

Leading legal scholars and historians, including Allen Guelzo, Martha Jones, and Kurt Lash, discuss the story of Reconstruction, with a particular focus on the intellectual origins, drafting, ratification, and original understanding of the 14th Amendment; the “forgotten Founders” who fought for its ratification and sought to make its promise a reality; and why this key period can be thought of as America’s “Second Founding.” Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., moderates.

This panel was given as part of the “Equal Protection for All: The 14th Amendment at 150” panel discussions at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA on April 23, 2018.

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