Professor Magliocca to Present at National Constitution Center on October 4
Professor Gerard Magliocca will offer a lecture on his latest book, American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment, at noon on October 4 at the National Constitution Center in Washington, D.C.
This work is Professor Magliocca’s third book. A leading antislavery lawyer and congressman from Ohio, Bingham wrote the most important part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees fundamental rights and equality to all Americans. More than any other figure of his day, Bingham played the key role in shaping the Union’s policy towards the occupied ex-Confederate States, with consequences that still haunt our politics today.
Through Bingham’s personal letters and speeches, the book traces his life from his humble roots in Pennsylvania through his career as a leader of the Republican Party. Professor Magliocca argues that Bingham and his congressional colleagues transformed the Constitution that the Founding Fathers created, and did so with the same ingenuity that their predecessors used to create a more perfect union in the 1780s.
Professor Magliocca traveled to Bingham’s hometown of Cadiz, Ohio, on September 19 to deliver a lecture on the book and the congressman’s historical significance. The lecture was held at the Puskarich Public Library.
Professor Magliocca joined the IU McKinney faculty in 2001, and is a Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research. In addition to his books, he has written over 20 articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He teaches torts, constitutional law, intellectual property, legal history, and admiralty law.