The Second Founding by Eric Foner

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For all the faults of the Reconstruction period, which failed in its post-Civil War attempt to put America on a racially egalitarian footing, it did produce three very significant amendments to the Constitution, the full promise of which has yet to be realized. That’s the basic argument made by Eric Foner, a Bancroft- and Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar, in his compelling and deeply researched The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (W.W. Norton, $26.95). The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, the 14th constitutionalized the principle of birthright citizenship and equality before the law, and the 15th aimed to secure Black male suffrage. But as pivotal as these measures were in incorporating the principle of equality in the Constitution, they were subsequently undermined by Supreme Court decisions and state actions. The Jim Crow system followed, and only decades later, well into the 20th century, did the U.S. make renewed strides toward realizing the concepts of racial equality, due process, and individual rights reflected in the Reconstruction amendments. Foner argues that even more potential remains in these Constitutional provisions to realize the promise of equal citizenship for all.

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ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson

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As he did in his trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II, Rick Atkinson brings extensive research, keen attention to detail, and narrative elegance to the telling of yet another
grand conflict—this time, the American Revolution. The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (Holt, $40) is the first of three volumes that Atkinson plans to write about the war for America, and it’s another magnifi cent history, vividly and commandingly narrated, weaving together the perspectives of many characters high and low along with meaningful assessments of the action. Although much has been written about the American Revolution, no one had done a start-to-finish battle history for some time, and the actual experience of the war hadn’t
been made real to readers for many years—until now.

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ISBN: 9781627790437
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 14th, 2019

Conversations with RBG by Jeffrey Rosen

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In Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law (Holt, $28), Jeffrey Rosen, president and chief executive offi cer of the National Constitution Center and a law professor at George Washington University, draws on twenty years of his discussions with Ginsburg to give a unique and fascinating portrait of the Justice. The two talk about everything from the future of Roe v. Wade and the #MeToo movement to the newest members of the High Court, and Justice Ginsburg opens up about her favorite dissents—some cases she would have liked to see overruled—and shares her insights on how to lead a life of compassion and equanimity. The mutual respect and admiration that Justice Ginsburg and Rosen feel for one another is apparent from the candid nature of the interviews, which illuminate one of the most important American heroes of our time. This book will bring you closer to Justice Ginsburg and leave you with a greater appreciation for her work and her legacy.

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ISBN: 9781250235169
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - November 5th, 2019

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