• The 13th Amendment at 150: Emancipation, America’s Second Founding, and the Challenges That Remain

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    The 13th Amendment, which banned slavery throughout the United States, began a wave of constitutional transformations that followed through on President Lincoln’s promise of “a new birth of freedom” and has been described as the “Second Founding.” For the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, we explore the challenges that remain.

    Moderator Jeffrey Rosen, President, National Constitution Center, leads a discussion with Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Judge Jeremy D. Fogel, Director of the Federal Judicial Center; Judge James Wynn, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; author and journalist Richard BrookhiserThavolia Glymph, professor of history, Duke University; and Kate Masur, professor of history, Northwestern University.

    • Date: Monday, December 7, 2015
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
  • Lincoln’s Constitutional Vision with Akhil Amar and Doug Kendall

    Renowned legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar illustrates how geography, federalism, and regionalism have influenced some of the biggest questions in American constitutional law. While we may be united under one Constitution, separate and distinct states remain, each with its own constitution and culture. Writing about Illinois, “the land of Lincoln,” Amar shows how our 16th President’s ideas about secession were influenced by his Midwestern upbringing and outlook. Joining Professor Amar will be litigator, author, activist, and non-profit entrepreneur Doug Kendall.

  • Lincoln’s Legacy: The 13th Amendment 150 Years Later

    Don’t miss patriotic philanthropist David Rubenstein, NEH Chairman William “Bro” Adams, Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee, and leading Reconstruction scholars Sidney Blumenthal, Allen C. Guelzo, and Lucas Morel, on the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln for a special kick-off celebration commemorating the 13th Amendment. Video remarks by the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor and an exclusive sneak peek of an original copy of the 13th Amendment will be provided. Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

    Lincoln’s Legacy and exhibition on the 13th Amendment has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.

    National Constitution Center

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