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).