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Spring 2021 Course

Contextual Constitutionalism: The View From Race

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule

If class size permits, class participation will be considered in grading.

This is a class about constitutional interpretation, seen from the perspective of race. The core focus is the Civil War and Reconstruction, including the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. But as well as those amendments, we will cover the presumptions about equality leading into the war, and then the life of the Reconstruction Amendments through much of the 20th Century. Throughout, the objective of the class is to understand how evolving cultural views drive or inhibit constitutional meaning.