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.
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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.
On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the states by Congress. That act officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States.
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.
A narrow reading of the 14th Amendment’s Privilege or Immunities Clause altered the trajectory of constitutional law.