An important addition to the scholarship on an important aspect of America's constitutional heritage.... Highly recommended.Choice
...this book is an informative treatment of a depressing subject.
(Helen Knowles H-Law
This volume is well edited and the essayists expertly chosen. Alexander Tsesis of Loyola University Chicago School of Law has assembled an unusually compact and cogent collection of the best work on the Thirteenth Amendment.
(Christopher Waldrep Journal of American History
A riveting, provocative collection of essays by what can only be described as an all-star team of historians and legal analysts.
(Michael S. Green Journal of the Civil War Era
The Thirteenth Amendment freeing the slaves was a landmark not only for the Constitution but for American society. Yet its enforcement and application, beyond the simple fact of emancipation, remain a source of both inspiration and disappointment. In this impressive collection of essays, a stellar group of historians and legal scholars address the Amendment's origins and early applications and the tantalizing though frustrated idea that its promise of equality remains to be fulfilled. From the vantage point of history and the law alike, The Promises of Liberty enables an understanding of why the Thirteenth Amendment mattered and why its complex legacy is so challenging to assess.
(Jack Rakove, Stanford University, author of The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence and Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America