Labor Pains in America's New Birth of Freedom: How the Reconstruction Amendments Were Enacted

Akhil Reed Amar, a Yale law professor, delivered the 100th Sibley Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom at the University of Georgia School of Law.

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Almost a century after American colonists secured their freedom from England, internal conflict surrounding the legitimacy of slavery forced our still-evolving nation to evaluate its core values in a “struggle over the meaning of democracy itself.”

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The Birth of the Reconstruction Amendments, The Advocate, Fall 2005/Winter 2006, Vol. 40, no. 2

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100th Sibley Lecture to spotlight U.S. Constitution, Press Release, 10/11/05