The Civil War, Emancipation, And The Birth Of Human Rights In America: A Talk With Tim Huebner

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The Civil War, Emancipation, And The Birth Of Human Rights In America: A Talk With Tim Huebner
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National Civil Rights Museum says
The Civil War and the emancipation revolution that it brought about were the central events in the history of the United States. Not only did the war end a two-hundred fifty year old institution on American soil, it also transformed the American understanding of rights. In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that slaveholders had absolute rights and that African Americans had “no rights.” Within a few years, war created a new social and political order, which allowed the Constitution—and the American definition of rights—to forever be transformed.

At Rhodes College, Tim Huebner teaches courses on the History of the American South, the history of the Supreme Court, U.S. Constitutional History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Before becoming department chair, he founded and directed the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, a nationally acclaimed interdisciplinary undergraduate research program that focuses on Memphis and the Mid-South. In 2004, Prof. Huebner received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching, given annually to a member of the Rhodes faculty. That same year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named him the Tennessee Professor of the Year.

A specialist in the history of the American South and the constitutional and legal history of the United States, Huebner is the author of two books, The Southern Judicial Tradition: State Judges and Sectional Distinctiveness, 1790-1890 (1999) and The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy (2003). He is co-editor (with the late Kermit L. Hall) of Major Problems in American Constitutional History, second edition (2010). He has published numerous scholarly articles. His forthcoming book, a narrative history of the Civil War era and American constitutionalism, will be published in 2016.

A native of Orlando, Huebner received his B.A. from the University of Miami (Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He lives in Memphis with his wife.

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