"The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution" (Encore)

Jun 18, 2020

On this episode of ST, we revisit a discussion that first aired back in October. At that time, we spoke with Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. A Pulitzer Prize–winning scholar and one of the most prominent historians in the United States, Foner joined us to chat about his then-new book, "The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution." This work -- which was named an Amazon Best Book of 2019, and which will appear in paperback in August -- remains an engaging and timely history of the constitutional changes that essentially built equality into our nation's foundational document. The book also explains and explores how these equality-for-all guarantees have been tried and tested over time.