The Second Founding

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution is a non-fiction book written by Eric Foner and published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2019. The book recounts the history of the Reconstruction era amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the historical efforts by the U.S. Supreme Court and certain states to undermine these amendments, as well as efforts to undermine the lawful right for all citizens to vote and enjoy full citizenship. Foner also demonstrates the relevance of this history to our present day.[1][2][3]

The Second Founding
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AuthorEric Foner
Audio read byDonald Corren
CountryUnited States
SubjectAmerican history
Set inPre-U.S. Civil War to present
PublisherW.W. Norton & Company
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Media typePrint, e-audio, CD



  1. ^ Kazin, Michael (December 2, 2019). "The Unfinished Revolution". The Nation. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Caplan, Lincoln (September 18, 2019). "What Reconstruction-Era Laws Can Teach Our Democracy". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Mathews, Jessica T. (December 2019). "Review: The Second Founding..." Foreign Affairs. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "The 2020 Cundill History Prize Longlist". The Cundill History Prize. Retrieved 13 December 2020.

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