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A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights

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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 ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published January 31st 2015 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 26th 2015)
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"Many of the industrialists identified as robber barons in the late nineteenth century got their start in wartime government contracts, including Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Leland Stanford, and Collis Huntington." (39)

"[T]he transition to the Confederacy was about as involved as taking down one sign and putting up another: the operations, and even the personnel, remained the same. What the Confederacy could not absorb, it duplicated." (46)

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A view from 10,000 feet of legal and institutional change in the United States and the Confederacy during the Civil War and the consolidation of federal power afterward. Through a survey of the scholarship, Edwards draws smart, and sometimes startling, conclusions about how the law shaped individuals' relationship to the state--and how the aims of state came to be aligned in the minds of its people with the aims of the nation. Edwards examines how historians have struggled to understand the ...more
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Laura Edwards is a professor of history at Duke University, where she teaches courses on women, gender, and law. Her research focuses on the same issues, with a particular emphasis on the nineteenth-century U.S. South.
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