The Civil War Confiscation Acts: Failing to Reconstruct the South

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$72.00
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $79.81
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 11%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $79.81   
  • New (2) from $79.81   
  • Used (1) from $86.50   

Overview

This book is the first full account in more than 20 years of two significant, but relatively understudied, laws passed during the Civil War. The Confiscation Acts (1861-62) were designed to sanction slave holding states by authorizing the Federal Government to seize rebel properties (including land and other assets held in Northern and border states) and grant freedom to slaves who fought with or worked for the Confederate military. Abraham Lincoln objected to the Acts for fear they might push border states, particularly Missouri and Kentucky, into secession. The Acts were eventually rendered moot by the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. John Syrett examines the political contexts of the Acts, especially the debates in Congress, and demonstrates how the failure of the confiscation acts during the war presaged the political and structural shortcomings of Reconstruction after the war.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823224890
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Series: Reconstructing America Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Syrett is Professor of History Emeritus at Trent University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 The First Confiscation Act 1
2 The Second Confiscation Act : the Act and its opponents 20
3 The Second Act : divided Republican support and flawed result 35
4 Enforcement of the Second Act : Lincoln and Bates 55
5 Early military confiscation 73
6 Rules of war and later military confiscation 88
7 The Treasury's part in confiscation 103
8 The politics of confiscation 120
9 Andrew Johnson and the end of confiscation 137
10 Confiscation and the courts : jurisdiction and procedures 155
11 Confiscation and the courts : constitutionality and duration 169
12 Conclusion 185
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)