Garrett Epps - Democracy Reborn

from the publisher:
Though the end of the Civil War and Lincolnís Emancipation Proclamation inspired optimism for a new, happier reality for blacks, in truth the battle for equal rights was just beginning. Andrew Johnson, Lincolnís successor, argued that the federal government could not abolish slavery. In Johnsonís America, there would be no black voting, no civil rights for blacks.

When a handful of men and women rose to challenge Johnson, the stage was set for a bruising constitutional battle. Garrett Epps, a novelist and constitutional scholar, takes the reader inside the halls of the Thirty-ninth Congress to witness the dramatic story of the Fourteenth Amendmentís creation. At the bookís center are a cast of characters every bit as fascinating as the Founding Fathers. Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, among others, understood that only with the votes of freed blacks could the American Republic be saved.

Democracy Reborn offers an engrossing account of a definitive turning point in our nationís history and the significant legislation that reclaimed the democratic ideal of equal rights for all U.S. citizens.