A century and a half after Reconstruction, fights over voter suppression and police brutality reveal that it remains an unfinished project.
The pervasiveness of white-supremacist ideology in academia gave license to Jim Crow efforts for decades after the Civil War.
Efforts to achieve equality have fallen flat for 150 years, but celebrating the Second Founding—and scrutinizing messy understandings of history—could create genuine opportunities.
A century and a half after the Civil War, the process of Reconstruction remains contested—and incomplete.
A century and a half after the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments, public debate still revolves around the rights they guarantee.