Mar. 11, 2019

A New Window for Racial Justice

The Blackman Who Reads Aloud
This Week's Focus "The Period of Reconstruction
Monday's Selection
A New Window for Racial Justice
William D. Adams

"Celebrating the Second Founding brings back into public view, and into public discussion, the ways in which slavery and its aftermath have shaped America’s collective identity. After the revolution, a torturous constitutional accommodation was required for the continuation of slavery. Then came the redemptive moment, in the wake of civil war, when the constitutional frame was corrected and a different future for the country became possible—but not without a hard struggle to move from mere legal emancipation to real freedom and equality."