The Civil War ended slavery, but what was the status of the newly freed people? Renowned historian Eric Foner explains how the Fourteenth Amendment—written to answer this question—created a foundation for the rights of all citizens. The amendment becomes what Foner considers the most important change outside the Bill of Rights.
- Use the video before leading a discussion on the relevancy of the Fourteenth Amendment in twenty-first century America
- Ask scholars to evaluate whether the Fourteenth Amendment was successful at resolving the problems of Reconstruction
- Part of a larger series of videos exploring the Constitution
- The video explains the various sections of the Fourteenth Amendment in a way most learners understand
- Discussion in the video includes connections to today's America