14th Amendment at 150: The Story of the 14th Amendment and America’s Second Founding

Leading legal scholars and historians, including  Allen Guelzo, Martha Jones, Darrell A. H. Miller 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.

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