With malice toward some : treason and loyalty in the Civil War era / William A. Blair
- Blair, William Alan
- Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 
- Physical Description:
- 419 pages ; 25 cm.
- The Littlefield history of the Civil War era
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Treason before the Civil War -- 2.Treason Expressed or Implied -- 3.A Three-Branch War, with an Atlantic-World Flavor -- 4.The Provost Marshal Confusion -- 5.The Domestic Is the Public: The Occupied South -- 6.The Military in Politics, 1861--1863 -- 7.Free Elections or a Free Fight -- 8.The Politics of Mercy after Appomattox -- 9.Suffrage, Debt, and the Limits of Punishing the Rebels.
- "Few issues created greater consensus among Civil War-era northerners than the belief that the secessionists had committed treason. But as William A. Blair shows in this engaging history, the way politicians, soldiers, and civilians dealt with disloyalty varied widely. Citizens often moved more swiftly than federal agents in punishing traitors in their midst, forcing the government to rethink legal practices and definitions. In reconciling the northern contempt for treachery with a demonstrable record of judicial leniency toward the South, Blair illuminates the other ways that northerners punished perceived traitors, including confiscating slaves, arresting newspaper editors for expressions of free speech, and limiting voting. Ultimately, punishment for treason extended well beyond wartime and into the framework of Reconstruction policies, including the construction of the Fourteenth Amendment. Establishing how treason was defined not just by the Lincoln administration, Congress, and the courts but also by the general public, Blair reveals the surprising implications for North and South alike. "--
- 9781469614052 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Lippincott Family Memorial Libraries Endowment in Memory of David and Carolyn Lippincott and James Lippincott; 2013.
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