About the Author

Herman Belz is professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park and academic advisor to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, Washington, D.C. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era (1998), Equality Transformed: A Quarter Century of Affirmative Action (1991), and several works on the Civil War and Reconstruction including Reconstructing the Union: Theory and Policy during the Civil War (1969). He is coauthor of The American Constitution: Its Origins and Development (7th ed., 1991). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, and the American Historical Association and American Political Science Association. In 1966 he received the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association.