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United States Civil War -- Constitutional Impact

The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is the impact of the U.S. Civil War on the U.S. Constitution.


Six Superlative Sources

· Belz, Herman. Emancipation and Equal Rights: Politics and Constitutionalism in the Civil War Era (W.W. Norton, 1978).

· Benedict, Michael Les. A Compromise of Principle: Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction, 1863-1869 (W.W. Norton, 1974).

· Foner, Eric. Nothing but Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy (Louisiana State University Press, 1983).

· Hyman, Harold M. A More Perfect Union: The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the Constitution (Alfred A. Knopf, 1973).

· Neely, Mark E., Jr. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties (Oxford University Press, 1991).

· Randall, James G. Constitutional Problems under Lincoln (D. Appleton, 1926; revised, University of Illinois Press, 1951).

Other Excellent Sources

· Gerteis, Louis S. From Contraband to Freedman: Federal Policy toward Southern Blacks, 1861-1865 (Greenwood Press, 1973).

· Kettner, James H. The Development of American Citizenship, 1608-1870 (University of North Carolina Press, 1978).

· McPherson, James M. The Struggle for Equality: Abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction (Princeton University Press, 1964).

· Nelson, William E. The Fourteenth Amendment: From Political Principle to Judicial Doctrine (Harvard University Press, 1988).

· Paludan, Phillip Shaw. A Covenant with Death: The Constitution, Law, and Equality in the Civil War Era (University of Illinois Press, 1975).

· Silbey, Joel H. A Respectable Minority: The Democratic Party in the Civil War Era, 1860-1868 (W.W. Norton, 1977).

· Ten Broek, Jacobus. The Antislavery Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment (University of California Press, 1951).

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