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American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment by Gerard N. Magliocca (review)

American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment by Gerard N.... enough of its polemical energy to researchers who will take up these tasks, then Williams's effort will have served us more than well. Allen Carl Guelzo notes 1. John Goode, "The Peace Conference in Hampton Roads," Southern Historical Society Papers 29 (January­December 1901): 188. allen carl guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College and a nonresident fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment. By Gerard N. Magliocca. (New York: New York University Press, 2013. Pp. 293. Cloth, $39.00.) In a culture that emphasizes "original intent" and lionizes the drafters of the key texts that formulated the American system of government and the important principles of liberty and equality, it is strange that John A. Bingham, the primary author of section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, is so obscure. Basic constitutional literacy demands familiarity with Bingham. It is hard to imagine a student of the Declaration of Independence who does not know of Thomas Jefferson, or of the Constitution who does not know of James Madison. Unfortunately, Bingham's invisibility as a constitutional hero mirrors http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment by Gerard N. Magliocca (review)

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enough of its polemical energy to researchers who will take up these tasks, then Williams's effort will have served us more than well. Allen Carl Guelzo notes 1. John Goode, "The Peace Conference in Hampton Roads," Southern Historical Society Papers 29 (January­December 1901): 188. allen carl guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College and a nonresident fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment. By Gerard N. Magliocca. (New York: New York University Press, 2013. Pp. 293. Cloth, $39.00.) In a culture that emphasizes "original intent" and lionizes the drafters of the key texts that formulated the American system of government and the important principles of liberty and equality, it is strange that John A. Bingham, the primary author of section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, is so obscure. Basic constitutional literacy demands familiarity with Bingham. It is hard to imagine a student of the Declaration of Independence who does not know of Thomas Jefferson, or of the Constitution who does not know of James Madison. Unfortunately, Bingham's invisibility as a constitutional hero mirrors

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 5, 2015

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