The decade following the Civil War saw the passage of three Constitutional amendments that irrevocably ended slavery, established birthright citizenship and equal protection of the laws regardless of race, and sought to guarantee black men’s right to vote. But reaction by white supremacists came swiftly, and the era closed with lynching and anti-black riots, voter disenfranchisement, and the rise of Jim Crow. One hundred and fifty years later, these and other conflicts of the period remain unresolved. Join us for a critical conversation on the legacy and continuing relevance of Reconstruction with:
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History, Department of History at Columbia University
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor; Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University
Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University in the City of New York
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