East TN History Center Lecture
December 14, 2011 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
East Tennessee History Center
601 S Gay St
“An Estimable Jewel:
Why the Civil War Amendments Matter”
A Brown Bag Lecture by Dr. Thomas Mackey
PROGRAM: “An Estimable Jewel: Why the Civil War Amendments Matter” by Dr. Thomas Mackey
Attendees are encouraged to bring a “brown bag” lunch
Dr. Mackey will discuss how major policy decisions and Constitutional amendments made during the Civil War and Reconstruction shaped not only their world at the time but continue to shape the nature of the American nation. He points as an example to the Fourteenth Amendment and how it changed federalism, laying the foundation for the growth of the United States as a nation rather than a mere union of states. The presentation will recount the context of the Civil War Amendments, arguing that a broader understanding of them helps to clarify the purposes of these fundamental amendments.
The lecture is a part of the series of book discussions and brown bag lectures accompanying the feature exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War at the Museum of East Tennessee History through Jan. 13, 2012, and co-sponsored by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Knox County Public Library. Admission to the Lincoln exhibition, as well as the museum’s feature exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, is free during the run of the Lincoln exhibit, courtesy of a grant from the Arts and Heritage Fund of Knoxville.
Thomas C. Mackey is a professor of history and an adjunct professor of law at the Louis Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a Ph.D. in United States Constitutional and Legal History from Rice University, Houston Texas. His several books include To Think Anew, Act Anew: Public Policy and Judicial Voices of the Civil War Era will be published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2012.
The Brown Bag Lecture series is sponsored by 21st Mortgage. The lecture is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring a lunch. Soft drinks will be available.
The Museum of East Tennessee History is operated by the East Tennessee Historical Society and is located in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville across from the Tennessee Theatre.