|Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War|
Event Type: Adults|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Reinventing Freedom: The Importance of the Fourteenth AmendmentLibrary: Main Library
Written during the tumultuous years of Andrew Johnson's presidency, the 14th Amendment was the Republican Party's policy and platform for Reconstruction. Why did Republicans in Congress make ratification a condition of readmission of the seceded states? How did James Garfield assess the amendment? How has this one amendment to the Constitution changed the meaning of our basic law? This presentation will explore its importance at the time of ratification, and how it has remade America.
Location: James R. Garfield Room (Main - Lower Level)