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A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era

Volume 2, Political Arguments

Mackey, Thomas C., ed.



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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 and students easy access to

the full texts of both the most important, fundamental documents

as well as hard-to-find, rarely published primary sources on this

critical period in U.S. history.

Volume 2 in the series, Political Arguments, presents the

words of politicians, political party platforms, and administrative

speeches. It is divided into two sections. The first, Voices of

the Politicians and Political Parties, comprises the platforms

of the major (and some minor) parties from 1856 to 1876. Also

included are such pieces as Robert E. Lee’s letter of resignation

from the U.S. Army, a few key speeches by that rising politician

from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, and a letter on the “American

Question” written by a European observer, Karl Marx. Other

items include examples of the 1860–1861 state ordinances of

secession and addresses on emancipation and Reconstruction by

Jefferson Davis and by the Republican leader in the House of

Representatives, Thaddeus Stevens.

Section two, Voices of the Administrations, contains

records from the presidencies of James Buchanan, Abraham

Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B.

Hayes as well as a message from Confederate President Jefferson

Davis telling his congress that the Southern cause was “just and

holy.” Classic documents such as Lincoln’s announcement of

forthcoming emancipation and the Emancipation Proclamation

are here, as are lesser-known but important documents such as

Francis Lieber’s 1863 revised law code for war, General Order

100, and Attorney General James Speed’s 1865 opinion supporting

the Johnson administration’s decision to try the Lincoln murder

conspirators by special military commission and not in the civilian

courts.

Each of the selections in Political Arguments is preceded

by editor Thomas Mackey’s introductory headnotes that explain

the document’s historical significance and trace its lasting impact.

These commentaries provide insight into not just law and public

policy but also the broad sweep of issues important to Civil War–

era Americans.

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 courses on the War and

Reconstruction, legal history, political history, and nineteenth-

century American history.

Thomas C. Mackey is professor of history at the University of
Louisville and adjunct professor of law at the Brandeis School
of Law. He is the author of Red Lights Out: A Legal History of
Prostitution, Disorderly Houses, and Vice Districts, 1870–1917

and Pornography on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and
Documents.

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