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The Second Founding

An Introduction to the Fourteenth Amendment

Ilan Wurman

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Cambridge University Press
12 November 2020
In The Second Founding: An Introduction to the Fourteenth Amendment, Ilan Wurman provides an illuminating introduction to the original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment's famous provisions 'due process of law,' 'equal protection of the laws,' and the 'privileges' or 'immunities' of citizenship. He begins by exploring the antebellum legal meanings of these concepts, starting from Magna Carta, the Statutes of Edward III, and the Petition of Right to William Blackstone and antebellum state court cases. The book then traces how these concepts solved historical problems confronting framers of the Fourteenth Amendment, including the comity rights of free blacks, private violence and the denial of the protection of the laws, and the notorious abridgment of freedmen's rights in the Black Codes. Wurman makes a compelling case that, if the modern originalist Supreme Court interpreted the Amendment in 'the language of the law,' it would lead to surprising and desirable results today.
By:   Ilan Wurman
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 150mm,  Width: 230mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781108823951
ISBN 10:   1108823955
Pages:   170
Publication Date:   12 November 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ilan Wurman is an Associate Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he teaches constitutional law. He is the author of A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism (Cambridge 2017), and publishes on administrative law and constitutional law in the nation's top law journals.

Reviews for The Second Founding: An Introduction to the Fourteenth Amendment

'A concise and brilliant overview of the Fourteenth Amendment's hardest questions, by the brightest young scholar in law teaching today.' Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law 'The clearest, most straightforward book explaining our Constitution's promises of equal citizenship, the rule of law, and protection from violence.' Christopher R. Green, University of Mississippi School of Law and author of Equal Citizenship, Civil Rights, and the Constitution 'This timely book shows how the country ended slavery and embraced a new constitutional vision of equality in the wake of the Civil War.' Michael W. McConnell, Stanford Law School 'A bold and wide-ranging exploration of the Fourteenth Amendment's key rights-bearing provisions, staking out an ambitious thesis that is grounded in history and defended with clarity and verve.' Julian Davis Mortenson, University of Michigan Law School 'This diligent, comprehensive study of the Fourteenth Amendment, its framers, and its foes raises the bar for the next generation of originalists, nonoriginalists, and those who 'play in the joints.'' Shaakirrah R. Sanders, University of Idaho College of Law


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