Edifice of Freedom: The Civil War Amendments in Historical Perspective - Reflections on the Civil War Era (Hardback)James S Humphreys (author)
Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/04/2013
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"Edifice of Freedom: The Civil War Amendments in Historical Perspective" examines each of the Civil War Amendments in detail, explaining the historical and contemporary significance of each in clear, easy-to-understand language. It describes the influence of the amendments on black political life and American law from the mid-nineteenth century to today, allowing today's students to grasp how the Civil War and Reconstruction slowly advanced black equality over the last 150 years, and eventually brought former slaves into the mainstream of American life. The author explains the historical context in which each amendment came to fruition and then traces the evolution of the amendments and their impact over time in American life. Within these pages, Humphreys analyzes the white backlash brought about by the ratification of the amendments, and the influence of this backlash on politics; provides insight into today's debates over the 14th amendment's guarantee of "birth right citizenship," and whether this provision should continue to apply to immigrants to the United States; and shows how the three amendments brought changes over a century and a half that enabled a black American to ascend to the presidency.
Number of pages: 232
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