14th Amendment

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

Submitted by FHMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 15:03

"A riveting narrative of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, an act which revolutionized the U.S. constitution and shaped the nation's destiny in the wake of the Civil War

Though the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation inspired optimism for a new, happier reality for blacks, in truth the battle for equal rights was just beginning. Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's successor, argued that the federal government could not abolish slavery. In Johnson's America, there would be no black voting, no civil rights for blacks.