The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution
Tickets to the live event are sold out, however simulcast tickets are now available.
Join Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Eric Foner for a timely discussion about the history of the battle to inscribe equality into the Constitution. The Declaration of Independence declared the truth of equality to be self-evident, but it took the Civil War and the adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as part of our fundamental law. Foner will trace the arc of the Reconstruction amendments from their dramatic pre-Civil War origins to today. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
A book sale and signing will follow the program.
This program is presented in conjunction with the Center’s exhibit Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality.
Continuing Legal Education Credit
CLE accreditation pending. This program is available for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. The National Constitution Center regularly applies for and receives CLE credit in PA, CA, NY, IL, TX, and DE for live events. Credit is also available in AK, AZ, CO, CT, NH, and NJ. All other U.S. jurisdictions allow attorneys to self-apply for credit for live events held outside their state. For more information and to view all of the Center's in-person and on-demand CLE offerings, visit constitutioncenter.org/CLE.
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