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13th Amendment

Video: Eric Foner on why Reconstruction matters today

December 9, 2015 By NCC Staff

Preeminent historian Eric Foner joins Richard Brookhiser, senior editor at National Review, for a special 13th Amendment discussion on the heels of the 150th anniversary of ratification.

American Revolution 2.0

December 7, 2015 By Richard Brookhiser

Richard Brookhiser looks at the question of whether the abolition of slavery and federally-guaranteed black citizenship were something brand-new in American life, or, as Lincoln said, extensions of what had gone before.

Video: The origins of the Reconstruction Amendments

November 5, 2015 By NCC Staff

Jack Rakove, John Harrison, Pamela Brandwein, and moderator Jeffrey Rosen discuss the origins, influence, and contemporary meaning of the 14th Amendment at a special National Constitution Center event.

The Slaughterhouse Cases: Interpreting the Reconstruction Amendments

October 19, 2015 By Jonathan Stahl

A narrow reading of the 14th Amendment's Privilege or Immunities Clause altered the trajectory of constitutional law.

Podcast: Is the Constitution color-blind?

October 15, 2015 By NCC Staff

Theodore Shaw of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Michael Rosman of the Center for Individual Rights explore how the Constitution deals with race.

The 13th Amendment turns 150

September 18, 2015 By Tom Donnelly

In this commentary, Tom Donnelly of the Constitutional Accountability Center calls us to remember the constitutional achievements of Abraham Lincoln and his generation.

Dred Scott gets a brief moment in the national spotlight

September 11, 2015 By NCC Staff

A lot of topics crop up when people argue about politics and Supreme Court decisions, but the historic 1857 Dred Scott decision about slavery usually isn’t one of them.

Podcast: The history and legacy of the 13th Amendment

August 6, 2015 By NCC Staff

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by "patriotic philanthropist" and Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein to discuss the history and legacy of the 13th Amendment.

Celebrating one of the Voting Rights Act’s many anniversaries

August 6, 2015 By Brianne Gorod

In this commentary, Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center argues that the Voting Rights Act's multiple congressional reauthorizations are evidence of its power and importance.

The Voting Rights Act and the Second Redemption

August 5, 2015 By Kermit Roosevelt

In this commentary, Kermit Roosevelt from the University of Pennsylvania Law School says our country's legacy of slavery and racism remains with us today.

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