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The 14th Amendment, the National Park Service, and America’s Second Founding
  • Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Friday, September 30, 2016
  • Time: 11:30 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 14th Amendment, we look at how that amendment defines U.S. citizenship, its connection to America’s “Second Founding” (the passage of the Reconstruction amendments), and the interpretation of these topics at National Park Service sites.

Rep. James Clyburn (SC) is the keynote speaker. Elizabeth Wydra will moderate a discussion with Michael Allen, National Park Service Southeast Region Community Planning Specialist; Turkiya L. Lowe, National Park Service Southeast Region Chief Historian; and Northwestern University Professor Kate Masur.

Presented by the National Archives in partnership with the Constitutional Accountability Center and the National Park Service.

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All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.