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December 3, 2007

Law School Professor Garrett Epps Wins Oregon Book Award

EUGENE-The University of Oregon School of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Garrett Epps has won the 2007 Oregon Book Award.  Professor Epps’s book, Democracy Reborn:  The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America (Henry Holt 2006), was among five nominees for the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.  The award was presented by Literary Arts, an organization that supports and celebrates Oregon writers and publishers

“I am greatly honored to have won,” Professor Epps stated.  “I think the judges recognized that Democracy Reborn is written for general readers, and that I tried to make it not just scholarly, but also fun to read.”

Readers and reviewers have agreed.  Democracy Reborn is a “riveting narrative” of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, which revolutionized the United States Constitution and changed the face of America after the Civil War.  Prior to winning the Oregon Book Award, Democracy Reborn had received accolades from some of the best-known legal writers in America:

It is best to be blunt:  this is a thrilling book.  Garrett Epps has woven together the tragic strands of America’s effort to deal with the issue of race in the Constitution.  Law, politics and statecraft clash in a great drama.

Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon’s Trumpet

Garrett Epps is one of the most fluid and accessible writers in the legal academy.  Not surprisingly, he has written a marvelous overview of immediate post-Civil War politics that gave us the Fourteenth Amendment and, as importantly, a new understanding of the American Experiment.

Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School

Garrett Epps is the Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, and has published numerous books, scholarly articles, and articles for general audiences in the field of constitutional law and civil rights. In 2007-2008, Professor Epps is the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics Resident Scholar.” A novelist and former journalist, Professor Epps is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, and has also written for, inter alia, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.  

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