Conscience and the Constitution: History, Theory, and Law of the Reconstruction Amendments - Princeton Legacy Library 277 by David A. J. Richards
At the American Drama Theater Center, David A. Richards, is trying to understand the implications of reconstruction adjustments - Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. Richards assesses…
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At the American Drama Theater Center, David A. Richards, is trying to understand the implications of reconstruction adjustments - Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. Richards assesses previous efforts to interpret the amendments and then suggests his own point of view: The amendments collectively embody the birth of an independent US constitutional revolution based on rights.
Based on the approach of constitutional law that developed in tolerance, the Constitution and the foundations of American constitutions, Richards connects history,law and political theory. In conscience andconstitution, this method leads from the analysis of reconstruction adjustments to a broad discussion of the American constitutional system as a whole. Richards' explanation focuses on those who demand the abolition of slavery and their radical commitment to "dissenting conscience." In his view, the reconstructionamendments not only reflected constitutional arguments for a certain historical period, but also a general political theory developed by the abolitionists, which restructured the American political community in respect of universal human rights.
He also argues that the amendments make a claim on our generation to maintain his faith in the vision of "founders of 1865". He refers in specific terms to what this allegiance will mean in the context of current constitutional issues.
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