The Forgotten Emancipator
JAMES MITCHEL ASHLEY AND THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF RECONSTRUCTION
New publication by Rebecca E. Zietlow
A Book for Academics as Well as Civil War and Reconstruction History Enthusiasts
THE FORGOTTEN EMANCIPATOR: JAMES MITCHELL ASHLEY AND THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF RECONSTRUCTION
Rebecca Zietlow's Area of focus and Expertise
Rebecca E. Zietlow is a lawyer, legal historian, and professor of constitutional law.
Her work is committed to racial equality and workers’ rights, and to the constitutional advocacy of activists promoting those rights. She specializes in the Reconstruction Era, the post-Civil War period in which our constitution was transformed to abolish slavery and protect individual rights. Her recent work describes the egalitarian free labor vision of the antislavery and workers’ rights advocates, including James Mitchell Ashley, who abolished slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.