A New Birth of Freedom: The Republican Party and the Freedmen's Rights / Edition 2000 by Herman Belz | 9780823220113 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A New Birth of Freedom: The Republican Party and the Freedmen's Rights / Edition 2000

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

by Herman Belz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823220117

ISBN-13: 9780823220113

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: Fordham University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823220113
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
Reconstructing America Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2000 Editionvii
Prefacexiii
Introductionxv
1Emancipation Legislation and the Right of Personal Liberty, 18623
2Military Service and National Citizenship17
3Presidential Reconstruction and Freedmen's Policy35
4Congressional Reconstruction and Freedmen's Rights51
5Freedmen's Bureau Legislation and Civil Rights69
6The Freedmen's Bureau Act of 186592
7Civil Rights, Federalism, and the Thirteenth Amendment113
8Equality Before the Law138
9The Civil Rights Settlement of 1866157
Bibliography183
Index193

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