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A Documentary History of the Civil War Era
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A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era is the first comprehensive collection of public policy actions, political speeches, and judicial decisions related to the American Civil War. This three-volume set gives scholars, teachers, and students easy access to the full texts of the most important, fundamental documents as well as hard-to-find, rarely published primary sources on this critical period in U.S. history.
    The first volume of the series, Legislative Achievements, contains legislation passed in response to the turmoil seizing the country on the brink of, during, and in the wake of the Civil War. Forthcoming are volume 2, Political Arguments, which contains voices of politicians, political party platforms, and administrative speeches, and volume 3, Judicial Decisions, which provides judicial opinions and decisions as the Civil War raged in the courtrooms as well as on the battlefields.
    Organized chronologically, each of the selections is preceded by an introductory headnote that explains the document’s historical significance and traces its lasting impact. These headnotes provide insight into not only law and public policy but also the broad sweep of issues that engaged Civil War–era America.
    Legislative Achievements features some of the most momentous and enduring public policy documents from the time, beginning with the controversial September 15, 1850, Fugitive Slave Act and concluding with the June 18, 1878, Posse Comitatus Act. Both military and nonmilitary legislation constitute this part, including the April 19, 1861, proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln declaring a naval blockade on Southern ports and Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s proclamation authorizing blockade runners to attack Northern shipping, both issued on the same day. Nonmilitary legislation includes statutes affecting the postwar period, such as the 1862 Homestead Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and all four of the Reconstruction Acts. Also in this section are the three constitutional amendments, the Habeas Corpus Acts of 1863 and 1867, the Freedman’s Bureau Acts of 1865 and 1866, and the 1867 Tenure of Office Act together with President Andrew Johnson’s message vetoing the Act. 
    A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era is an essential acquisition for academic and public libraries in addition to being a valuable resource for students of the Civil War and Reconstruction, legal history, public policy, and nineteenth-century American history.

THOMAS C. MACKEY is a professor of history at the University of Louisville and adjunct Professor of Law at Brandeis School of Law. He is the author of Pornography on Trial (2002)  and Pursuing Johns (2005).


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page and Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era
  2. pp. xi-21
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  1. Volume 1 Legislative Achievements
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. The Fugitive Slave Act, September 18, 1850
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. Kansas-Nebraska Act, May 30, 1854
  2. pp. 11-28
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  1. The Crittenden Compromise, December 18, 1860
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. Proposed Thirteenth Amendment of 1860, March 2, 1861
  2. pp. 33-54
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  1. Proposed Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution of 1860–1861
  2. pp. 34-57
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  1. President Abraham Lincoln - A Proclamation, April 15, 1861
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Governor Magoffin’s Refusal of Troops, April 16, 1861; and, Kentucky’s Declaration of Neutrality, May 16, 1861
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Proclamations on Blockade and Marque
  2. pp. 41-44
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  1. The Crittenden-Johnson Resolutions on the Objects of the War, July 22, 1861
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. The First Confiscation Act, August 6, 1861
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Seditious Conspiracy Act, July 31, 1861
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Abolishment of Slavery in the District of Columbia Act, April 16, 1862
  2. pp. 51-54
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  1. Confederate Conscription Act, April 17, 1862; and, The “Twenty Negro” Amendment, October 11, 1862
  2. pp. 55-62
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  1. Homestead Act of 1862, May 20, 1862
  2. pp. 63-66
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  1. Pacific Railroad Act, July 1, 1862
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. Morrill Land Grant Act, July 2, 1862
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. Non-Issued Lincoln Veto To Second Confiscation, July 12, 1862
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. Supplement, Abolishment of Slavery in the District of Columbia Act ,July 12, 1862
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Judiciary Act, July 15, 1862
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. The Militia Act, July 17, 1862
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. The Second Confiscation Act, July 17, 1862
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. The Second Confiscation Act Supplement, July 17, 1862
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. West Virginia Act, December 31, 1862
  2. pp. 103-106
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  1. National Banking Act, February 25, 1863
  2. pp. 107-128
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  1. Federal Conscription Act, March 3, 1863
  2. pp. 129-138
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  1. Habeas Corpus Act, March 3, 1863
  2. pp. 139-144
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  1. The Freedmen’s Bureau Act, March 3, 1865
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. Thirteenth Amendment, Passed by Congress January 31, 1865, and Ratified December 6, 1865
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. President Andrew Johnson Veto of the Freedmen’s Bureau Act, February 19, 1866
  2. pp. 151-158
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  1. President Andrew Johnson Veto of the Civil Rights Bill, March 27, 1866
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Civil Rights Act, April 9, 1866
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. The Freedmen’s Bureau Act, July 16, 1866
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. President Andrew Johnson Freedmen’s Bureau Veto Message, July 16, 1866
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Judicial Circuits Act, July 23, 1866
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Habeas Corpus Act, February 5, 1867
  2. pp. 187-190
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  1. The Reconstruction Act [First], March 2, 1867
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. President Andrew Johnson’s Veto of the First Military Reconstruction Act, March 2, 1867
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. Tenure of Office Act, March 2, 1867
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. President Andrew Johnson Veto of the Tenure of Office Act, March 2, 1867
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. Anti-Peonage Act, March 2, 1867
  2. pp. 221-222
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  1. The Reconstruction Act [Second], March 23, 1867
  2. pp. 223-228
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  1. President Andrew Johnson Veto of the Second Military Reconstruction Act, March 23, 1867
  2. pp. 229-234
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  1. Reconstruction Act [Third], July 19, 1867
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. Veto of the Third Military Reconstruction Act, July 19, 1867
  2. pp. 239-248
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  1. Articles of Impeachment Presented against President Andrew Johnson, February 24, 1868
  2. pp. 249-260
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  1. Reconstruction Act [Fourth], March 11, 1868
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. Fourteenth Amendment, Passed by Congress, June 13, 1866, and Ratified July 9, 1868
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. Fifteenth Amendment, Passed by Congress, February 26, 1869 and Ratified February 3, 1870
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. The Enforcement Act of 1870, May 30, 1870
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. The Enforcement Act of 1871, April 20, 1871
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. Civil Rights Act, March 1, 1875
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. Congressional Electoral Commission Act, January 29, 1877
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. Posse Comitatus Act, June 18, 1878
  2. pp. 293-294
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 295-300
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  1. Selected Readings
  2. pp. 301-308
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-311
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