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Changes in law and society during the Civil War and Reconstruction : a legal history documentary reader / edited by Christian G. Samito.

Contributor(s): Samito, Christian G.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2009Description: xiii, 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780809328895 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0809328895 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 19th century | African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 19th century | United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 342.7308/73
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.
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."-back cover.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-326) and index.

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.

"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."-back cover.

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CHOICE Review

Professor and lawyer Samito (Boston College; Boston Univ.) presents 73 historical sources that uncover the changes in individual liberty, governmental power, and national union during a time of upheaval within the US. Emphasizing federal acts, court cases and legislation, as well as court-martial records, debate proceedings, popular sermons, and investigation of white supremacist organizations, Samito thoroughly addresses and provides expert analysis of the status of African Americans and individual rights, the expansion of the US federal government's power, the nationalization of the Union, and judicial interpretation and limitation of the Civil War Amendments. The book is organized thematically and chronologically into five chapters, and preserves the documents' original capitalization, spelling, and grammar. It includes a table of contents, list of illustrations, and notes. As a primary source reader, Changes in Law and Society is a critical resource for those requiring access to and analysis of the legal and cultural documents of the period. By including unknown yet clarifying documents in this insightful work, Samito has produced a considerable legal and historical resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. J. A. Reuscher Pennsylvania State University

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Christian G. Samito, who earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and a doctorate in American history from Boston College, is the editor of Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney, Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and "Fear Was Not in Him": The Civil War Letters of Major General Francis C. Barlow, U.S.A. In addition to teaching at Boston College and Boston University School of Law, Samito practices law in Boston.

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