Title The Second Founding
Subtitle How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution
Author Eric Foner
ISBN 9780393358520
List price USD 17.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 304
Book size 140 x 210 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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“Eric Foner has done it again: his concise, superbly researched, beautifully written history of the Civil War amendments chronicles a revolution in law and moral sensibility.”

—David W. Blight, Yale University, author of the Pulitzer prize–winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom


“Lucid and succinct.”

—John Fabian Witt, Washington Post


“Brisk but far-reaching.… [C]opies of this book should be spread around the capital, because the battles of contemporary Washington are but a second act to the struggles prompted by Foner’s Second Founding.

—David M. Shribman, Boston Globe


“With The Second Founding, Foner offers a taut, absorbing companion piece to his magisterial Reconstruction, published three decades ago.”

—Hamilton Cain, Minneapolis Star Tribune


“As the dean of Reconstruction studies, Foner is the ideal scholar to produce a history of the three amendments added to the Constitution during the period—amendments so powerful as to justify the book’s title.”

—James Oakes, New York Review of Books


“Disciplined, powerful and moving.… [An] important book.”

—Lincoln Caplan, New York Times Book Review


“How are voter suppression, mass incarceration, and jeopardy to the American-born children of undocumented immigrants possible in the land of the free? Eric Foner brings his masterful knowledge of Reconstruction to illuminate the transformative constitutional amendments following the Civil War, and powerfully conveys the ongoing struggles over their meaning.”

—Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University, author of In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark


“Sometimes a book makes you reconsider a subject you’ve studied all of your adult life.”

—Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent, New York Times


“Mr. Foner makes his case with brio and erudition.”

—Fergus M. Bordewich, Wall Street Journal


“In this moment, indeed in any, Eric Foner’s new book is uncommonly valuable.”

—W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Washington Examiner


“Few reading experiences on the history of race in America have been as profound for me as the works of Eric Foner.”

—Henry Louis Gates Jr., New York Times


The Second Founding… demonstrates [Foner’s] talent at unearthing insights about the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, in particular how Americans defined and acted on the ideals of freedom and democracy.… [He writes] in what another eminent historian, Christopher Lasch, called ‘plain style’: direct and vivid prose without a trace of specialized language, which anyone with a passing interest in the subject can read, learn from, and enjoy.”

—Michael Kazin, Nation


[The Second Founding] should land on the desk of every federal jurist.… [It] presents a sobering picture of the use and misuse of history in legal battles over race. But it is hopeful too. Change is possible with more truthful and expansive historical knowledge.”

—Amy Murrell Taylor, Times Literary Supplement


“Gripping and essential.”—Jesse Wegman, New York Times

An authoritative history by the preeminent scholar of the Civil War era, The Second Founding traces the arc of the three foundational Reconstruction amendments from their origins in antebellum activism and adoption amidst intense postwar politics to their virtual nullification by narrow Supreme Court decisions and Jim Crow state laws. Today these amendments remain strong tools for achieving the American ideal of equality, if only we will take them up.


List of Illustrations

The Reconstruction Amendment


Introduction: Origins of the Second Founding

Chapter 1. What Is Freedom? The Thirteenth Amendment

Chapter 2. Toward Equality: The Fourteenth Amendment

Chapter 3. The Right to Vote: The Fifteenth Amendment

Chapter 4. Justice and Jurisprudence





Illustrations Insert


About the Author:

Eric Foner is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War and Reconstruction, including The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for people interested in constitutional history of U.S.

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