The Second Founding

On the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction, The Atlantic presents a digital symposium on the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, and their legacy.
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Freedom Still Awaits

A century and a half after Reconstruction, fights over voter suppression and police brutality reveal that it remains an unfinished project.

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A New Window for Racial Justice

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.