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Shortly after the Civil War, America had a chance to establish a society in which civil rights for all Americans were guaranteed — but it didn’t happen for another century. What went wrong?
Join the authors of Congress and the First Civil Rights Era, 1861-1918, distinguished political scientists Jeffery A. Jenkins and Justin Peck, as they explore the fight for racial equality in Congress between the Civil War and the first World War. Over the course of three sessions, participants will gain a greater understanding of the cultural and political forces that led Republicans to introduce radical civil rights legislation to Congress under President Lincoln — and how they later compromised it away for the sake of the white majority. One session each will be devoted to the Civil War era, Reconstruction, and the Post-Reconstruction era of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Equal parts historical drama and incisive analysis of American governmental process, Jenkins and Peck ask participants: how do we define a “civil rights era?” How can legislation be used to assert democratic power, equality, and liberation? And how can it be used as a tool for oppression? In considering these questions and more, participants will find new perspective on the kind of legislative gridlock that afflicts American politics to this day. Join us to discuss this crucial period of American history – and find out how it resonates with our own.
This program will take place on June 9, 16, 23 from 6:30-7:45 pm ET. Sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing for those who register.
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Jeffery A. Jenkins is Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, Judith and John Bedrosian Chair of Governance …
Jeffery A. Jenkins is Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, Judith and John Bedrosian Chair of Governance and the Public Enterprise, Director of the Bedrosian Center, and Director of the Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. His research interests include American Political Institutions and Development (with a special emphasis on Congress and political parties), lawmaking, separation-of-powers, and political economy. His recent books include Republican Party Politics and the American South, 1865-1868 (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Fighting for the Speakership: The House and the Rise of Party Government (Princeton University Press, 2013). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founding Editor of the Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy (JPIPE) and the Journal of Historical Political Economy (JHPE). He served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Politics (JOP) for six years (2015-2020).
Justin Peck is Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. His scholarly work concerns Congress …
Justin Peck is Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. His scholarly work concerns Congress, the presidency, and American Political Development.
One area of his research explores the tensions that exist between between the modern presidency and the rule of law. Another considers Congress’s role in the promotion and enactment of civil rights initiatives since the Civil War. In all of Professor Peck’s research, he employs detailed historical analyses of both qualitative and quantitative data to explain political decisions and policy enactments.
Professor Peck holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from Brandeis University, and a PhD in Government from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the Government Department at Wesleyan, he served as an Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University.