CSU, Chico News

Cowden History Lecture on Oct. 8 Examines Key Post Civil War Case

Date: 10-04-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Robert Tinkler
Department of History

California State University, Chico’s School of the Arts presents the Department of History’s 12th Annual Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.

This year’s Cowden speaker is University of Maryland historian Michael Ross, a specialist in the Constitution and the Civil War era. Ross will address a key question of Reconstruction, that period just after the Civil War: Did the U.S. Supreme Court intentionally undermine African Americans’ rights in its pivotal Slaughter-House Cases decision of 1873?

“This decision is so important because of its impact on the Fourteenth Amendment, one of the pillars of the very African American-friendly Radical Reconstruction,” said Robert Tinkler, Department of History professor and coordinator of the Cowden lectures. “By narrowly interpreting the Amendment, the Court made it harder for the federal government to protect black Americans from discrimination by state governments.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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