Thursday, June 27, 2013

Recovering Reconstruction

Gerard N. Magliocca

I just wanted to add a brief word to Mark and Stephen's posts on the absence of any significant discussion of Reconstruction in the Supreme Court's opinions.  The Introduction of my forthcoming biography of John Bingham raises this point, tries to explain why that is true in the courts and in our culture more broadly, and expresses the hope that a greater appreciation of Bingham's career will do something to change all of that.  It is essential to bring the Constitution closer to its true meaning.