A New Birth of Freedom: The Republican Party and the Freedmen's Rights / Edition 2000

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A New Birth of Freedom: The Republican Party and Freedmen's Rights, 1861-1866, is an account of how laws, policies and constitutional amendments defining and protecting the personal liberty and civil rights of the country's African American population were adopted during the Civil War. A study in legal and constitutional history, it complements and forms a necessary predicate to the social history of emancipation that is the principal focus of contemporary Civil War scholarship. The relevance of the legal dimension in the struggle for black freedom is attested by the observation that many slaves learned the letter of the law so they could seemingly recite from memorypassages from congressional measures prohibiting the return of escaped slaves to disloyal owners and guaranteeing their personal liberty.
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A New Birth of Freedom provides an intricate history of the Republican Party and Freedman's rights from 1861-1866, providing an account of how laws, policies and constitutional amendments defining liberty and civil rights were refined during the Civil War. A New Birth of Freedom is for college-level students of civil rights and American history: it provides a scholarly approach in analyzing the legal dimensions of these struggles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823220113
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Reconstructing America Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2000
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Belz is Professor of History at The University of Maryland at College Park and is a leading expert on the constitution and politics in the Civil War Era.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2000 Edition
Preface
Introduction
1 Emancipation Legislation and the Right of Personal Liberty, 1862 3
2 Military Service and National Citizenship 17
3 Presidential Reconstruction and Freedmen's Policy 35
4 Congressional Reconstruction and Freedmen's Rights 51
5 Freedmen's Bureau Legislation and Civil Rights 69
6 The Freedmen's Bureau Act of 1865 92
7 Civil Rights, Federalism, and the Thirteenth Amendment 113
8 Equality Before the Law 138
9 The Civil Rights Settlement of 1866 157
Bibliography 183
Index 193
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