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