Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America

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Macmillan, 4 de set. de 2007 - 333 páginas

"Engaging . . . With a novelist's eye for biographical detail, Epps has written an . . . enthralling book."—David W. Blight, Chicago Tribune

The last battle of the Civil War wasn't fought at Appomattox by dashing generals or young soldiers but by middle-aged men in frock coats. Yet it was war all the same—a desperate struggle for the soul and future of the new American Republic that was rising from the ashes of Civil War. It was the battle that planted the seeds of democracy, under the bland heading "Amendment XIV." Scholars call it the "Second Constitution." Over time, the Fourteenth Amendment—which at last provided African Americans with full citizenship and prohibited any state from denying any citizen due process and equal protection under the law—changed almost every detail of our public life.

Democracy Reborn tells the story of this desperate struggle, from the halls of Congress to the bloody streets of Memphis and New Orleans. Both a novelist and a constitutional scholar, Garrett Epps unfolds a powerful story against a panoramic portrait of America on the verge of a new era.

 

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I wish the author had spent more time discussing the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment by the states, but this intimate look at the political leaders of the postwar Union is fascinating nevertheless. Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

Philadelphia 1787 Red Sky at Morning
1
The Brave Tailor
13
Dark Wisdom
39
Turns in the South
65
The Mighty Heart of the World
89
This Good Right Hand
121
Birth of a Nation
142
The Jeweled Word
164
The Ugliest American
184
The Prospect of a Good Long Life
205
Not Among Angels
222
A Union of Truly Democratic States
240
The Second Constitution
262
Acknowledgments
317
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Garrett Epps is the author of The Shad Treatment and The Floating Island: A Tale of Washington. He is Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law where he teaches constitutional law and a special course in creative writing for law students. Epps writes fiction and poetry as well as nonfiction, and has translated or adapted literature into English from both Spanish and Italian. He has two children, Daniel and Maggie.

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