Michael Les Benedict

Michael Les Benedict is Professor Emeritus of History at Ohio State University. He is the author of several books and many articles on the political, constitutional, and legal history of the United States in the Reconstruction era, including most recently Preserving the Constitution: Essays on the Constitutional Politics of Reconstruction (2006) and “Constitutional Politics, Constitutional Law, and the Thirteenth Amendment,” in the Maryland Law Review 71 (2011). He is also the author of a standard constitutional history of the United States, The Blessings of Liberty (2nd ed. 2006).


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  1. Preserving the Constitution
    “Americans’ ideas about constitutional liberty played a crucial role in the history of Reconstruction. They provided the basis for the Republican program of equal rights; ironically, they also set the limits to that program... Learn More
    Published: 15th May 2006
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