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Title Changes in law and society during the Civil War and Reconstruction : a legal history documentary reader / edited by Christian G. Samito.
Imprint Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2009.

Series Legal History of the Civil War Era
Legal History of the Civil War Era.
Subject African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans -- History -- 19th century.
Alt Name Samito, Christian G.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 336 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The status of African Americans before the Civil War -- The expansion of governmental power and the nationalization of the Union -- African Americans, emancipation, and military service -- Rights during the Civil War and Reconstruction : potential, change, and opposition -- Judicial interpretation and limitation of the Civil War amendments and civil rights legislation.
Note Print version record.
Summary The first comprehensive collection of legal history documents from the Civil War and Reconstruction, this volume shows the profound legal changes that occurred during the Civil War era and highlights how law, society, and politics inextricably mixed and set American legal development on particular paths that were not predetermined. Editor Christian G. Samito has carefully selected excerpts from legislation, public and legislative debates, court cases, investigations of white supremacist violence in the South, and rare court-martial records, added his expert analysis, and illu.
ISBN 9781441623669 (electronic bk.)
1441623663 (electronic bk.)
9780809386437 (e-book)
9780809328895 (pbk. alk. paper)
0809328895 (pbk. alk. paper)
OCLC # 457224731
Additional Format Print version: Changes in law and society during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2009 9780809328895 0809328895 (DLC) 2008043099 (OCoLC)262941269

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