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"Garret Epps is one of our best legal historians, and he has produced a fascinating book on the creation and impact of the 14th Amendment. The people who wrote our Constitution were America's original Founders, but the amazing group that produced the 14th Amendment were like our second wave of Founders, helping our nation be reborn into the democracy it is today."—Walter Isaacson, author, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
"It is best to be blunt. This is a thrilling book. Garrett Epps has woven together the tragic strands of America's effort to deal with the issue of race in the Constitution. Law, politics and statecraft clash in a great drama."—Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon's Trumpet
"Garrett Epps is one of the most fluid and accessible writers in the legal academy. Not surprisingly, he has written a marvelous overview of immediate post-Civil War politics that gave us the Fourteenth Amendment and, as importantly, a new understanding of the American experiment."—Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School, author of Our Undemocratic Constitution: How the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)
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|Prologue : Philadelphia 1787 : red sky at morning||1|
|1||The brave tailor||13|
|3||Turns in the south||65|
|4||The mighty heart of the world||89|
|5||This good right hand||121|
|6||Birth of a nation||142|
|7||The jeweled word||164|
|8||The ugliest American||184|
|9||The prospect of a good long life||205|
|10||Not among angels||222|
|11||A union of truly democratic states||240|
|Afterword : the second constitution||262|
|App||United States constitution, amendment XIV||271|
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