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DEADLINE APPROACHING: CFP The Many 14th Amendments

The U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865 resulted in a forging of a second constitution that in time transformed the structures of American governance. With the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment, the nation recast the relationship between the state and subordinated people. This revolutionary amendment created a national citizenship, set terms for southern states to reenter the union, codified new powers for the federal government, and spurred an enduring struggle for due process and equality under law that continues until today. The Fourteenth Amendment has no single legacy.

Author: 
Patrick Phillips-Schrock
Reviewer: 
Helen Sheumaker

Sheumaker on Phillips-Schrock, 'The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program: An Illustrated History'


Patrick Phillips-Schrock. The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program: An Illustrated History. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2016. 288 pp. $45.00 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4766-6204-6.

Reviewed by Helen Sheumaker (Miami University of Ohio)
Published on H-FedHist (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Caryn E. Neumann

Author: 
Thomas J. Hrach
Reviewer: 
Elwood D. Watson

Watson on Hrach, 'The Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America'


Thomas J. Hrach. The Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016. 240 pp. $25.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-62534-211-9.

Reviewed by Elwood D. Watson (East Tennessee State University)
Published on H-FedHist (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Caryn E. Neumann

Author: 
Lisa Westwood, Beth Laura O'Leary, Milford Wayne Donaldson
Reviewer: 
Christopher McCune

McCune on Westwood and O'Leary and Donaldson, 'The Final Mission: Preserving NASA's Apollo Sites'


Lisa Westwood, Beth Laura O'Leary, Milford Wayne Donaldson. The Final Mission: Preserving NASA's Apollo Sites. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017. 208 pp. $34.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8130-6246-4.

Reviewed by Christopher McCune (460th Space Wing)
Published on H-FedHist (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Caryn E. Neumann

Author: 
Willem L. Oltmans
Reviewer: 
Oliver Elliott

Elliott on Oltmans, 'Reporting on the Kennedy Assassination'


Willem L. Oltmans. Reporting on the Kennedy Assassination. Edited by Michael A. Rinella. Translated by David Stephenson. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2017. 384 pp. $34.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7006-2378-5.

Reviewed by Oliver Elliott (Independent scholar (PhD, London School of Economics))
Published on H-FedHist (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Andrew Gawthorpe

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