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Author Magliocca, Gerard N., author.

Title American founding son : John Bingham and the invention of the Fourteenth Amendment / Gerard N. Magliocca.

Publication Info. New York : New York University Press, [2013]


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 Simsbury Public Library - Biographies  BIOG BINGHAM, JOHN    Check Shelf
Description x, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-284) and index.
Contents Introduction : measuring a man -- Group think -- Franklin College -- Lawyer and whig -- Republican congressman -- And the war came -- The trial of the century -- The Fourteenth Amendment -- Reconstruction and impeachment -- Farewell to Washington -- Ambassador -- Obscurity -- Conclusion : legacy.
Summary Overview: John Bingham was the architect of the rebirth of the United States following the Civil War. A leading antislavery lawyer and congressman from Ohio, Bingham wrote the most important part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees fundamental rights and equality to all Americans. He was also at the center of two of the greatest trials in history, giving the closing argument in the military prosecution of John Wilkes Booth's co-conspirators for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. And more than any other man, Bingham played the key role in shaping the Union's policy towards the occupied ex-Confederate States, with consequences that still haunt our politics. American Founding Son provides the most complete portrait yet of this remarkable statesman. Drawing on his personal letters and speeches, the book traces Bingham's life from his humble roots in Pennsylvania through his career as a leader of the Republican Party. Gerard N. Magliocca argues that Bingham and his congressional colleagues transformed the Constitution that the Founding Fathers created, and did so with the same ingenuity that their forbears used to create a more perfect union in the 1780s. In this book, Magliocca restores Bingham to his rightful place as one of our great leaders.
Subject United States. Constitution. 14th Amendment -- Legislative history.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Legislative history.
Bingham, John Armor, 1815-1900.
Civil rights -- United States.
Equality before the law -- United States.
United States.
Bingham, John A., 1815-1900.
USA. Verfassung 1787. Amendment 14.
Added Author Bingham, John Armor, 1815-1900.
ISBN 9780814761458 (cloth : alkaline paper)
0814761453 (cloth : alkaline paper)
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