The Civil War Confiscation Acts: Failing to Reconstruct the South

The Civil War Confiscation Acts: Failing to Reconstruct the South

by John Syrett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823224899

ISBN-13: 9780823224890

Pub. Date: 04/15/2005

Publisher: Fordham University Press

"This book is the first full account in more than 20 years of two significant - but relatively understuded - laws passed during the Civil War." "The First and Second Confiscation Acts (1861-62) were laws 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…  See more details below

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"This book is the first full account in more than 20 years of two significant - but relatively understuded - laws passed during the Civil War." "The First and Second Confiscation Acts (1861-62) were laws 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 to grant freedom to slaves who fought with or worked for the Confederate military." "President Abraham Lincoln and his Attorney General, Edward Bates, had serious doubts about and finally objected to the acts. The acts were rendered moot by the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment." "Drawing more deeply than any previous scholar on archival and other sources, John Syrett examines the political, military, and social contexts of the acts, the debates in Congress, and the politics surrounding their enforcement. He argues that confiscation as a policy was valuable in the war effort not for the extent of slave-holding property actually taken, but as a practical embodiment of Northern views on defeating the South and winning the war." Syrett also demonstrates how the failure of the Confiscation Acts to restructure property and class relations in the South during the war presaged the political and structural shortcomings of Reconstruction after the war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823224890
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Series:
Reconstructing America Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1The First Confiscation Act1
2The Second Confiscation Act : the Act and its opponents20
3The Second Act : divided Republican support and flawed result35
4Enforcement of the Second Act : Lincoln and Bates55
5Early military confiscation73
6Rules of war and later military confiscation88
7The Treasury's part in confiscation103
8The politics of confiscation120
9Andrew Johnson and the end of confiscation137
10Confiscation and the courts : jurisdiction and procedures155
11Confiscation and the courts : constitutionality and duration169
12Conclusion185

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