With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era

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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 ...

With Malice toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era 2014, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill

ISBN-13: 9781469614052

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