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A legal history of the Civil war and Reconstruction : a nation of rights

Author: Laura F Edwards
Publisher: New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Series: New histories of American law.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Although hundreds of thousands of people died fighting in the Civil War, perhaps the war's biggest casualty was the nation's legal order. A Nation of Rights explores the implications of this major change by bringing legal history into dialogue with the scholarship of other historical fields. Federal policy on slavery and race, particularly the three Reconstruction amendments, are the best-known legal innovations of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura F Edwards
ISBN: 9781107401341 1107401348 9781107008793 1107008794
OCLC Number: 889577465
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015
Description: xii, 212 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The United States and Its Use of the People --
The Confederacy and Its Legal Contradictions --
Enslaved Americans, Emancipation, and the Future Legal Order --
The Federal Government and the Reconstruction of the Legal Order --
The Possibilities of Rights --
The Power of Law and the Limits of Rights --
Conclusion --
Bibliographic Essay.
Series Title: New histories of American law.
Responsibility: Laura F. Edwards, Duke University.
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