John Bingham, America’s Founding Son

October 04, 2013

John Bingham may not be a household name—but he was a remarkable American statesman and the architect of the 14th Amendment guaranteeing fundamental rights and equal protection to all Americans. In his latest book, Professor Gerard N. Magliocca traces Bingham’s life from his humble roots in Pennsylvania through his career as an influential leader of the Republican Party—including his involvement in the John Wilkes Booth trial and impeachment of President Andrew Johnson—as well as his key role in shaping the Union’s policy towards the ex-Confederate states, with consequences that still haunt our politics today.

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