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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

The Fourteenth Amendment as an Act of War

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment

Civil Rights Act Cartoon

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Barat House, Boston College Law School


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about the speaker


Michael Vorenberg

Michael Vorenberg is Associate Professor of History at Brown University, where he teaches and writes about legal and constitutional history, the American Civil War and Reconstruction, and Abraham Lincoln. He received his undergraduate degree and PhD from Harvard University. The author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment (Cambridge University Press, 2001), which was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, he is also the editor of The Emancipation Proclamation: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010). Currently he is completing a book on the end of the Civil War, as well as a longer study of the impact of the Civil War on American citizenship. He has served as a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and a member of the editorial staff of the journal Law and History. He is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. At Brown, he has received the McLoughlin Prize for teaching and the Romer Prize for advising. He has published numerous essays on the Fourteenth Amendment and the Constitution and has delivered many lectures on that topic as well.