Claiming the Union
Citizenship in the Post-Civil War South
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- Author: Susanna Michele Lee, North Carolina State University
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This book examines Southerners' claims to loyal citizenship in the reunited nation after the American Civil War. Southerners – male and female; elite and non-elite; white, black, and American Indian – disagreed with the federal government over the obligations citizens owed to their nation and the obligations the nation owed to its citizens. Susanna Michele Lee explores these clashes through the operations of the Southern Claims Commission, a federal body that rewarded compensation for wartime losses to Southerners who proved that they had been loyal citizens of the Union. Lee argues that Southerners forced the federal government to consider how white men who had not been soldiers and voters, and women and racial minorities who had not been allowed to serve in those capacities, could also qualify as loyal citizens. Postwar considerations of the former Confederacy potentially demanded a reconceptualization of citizenship that replaced exclusions by race and gender with inclusions according to loyalty.Read more
- Addresses race, class, and gender rather than segregating out whites, blacks, and American Indians; elites and non-elites; and men and women
- Offers broad geographic coverage of the American South rather than focusing on a county or a state
- Incorporates political, social, and cultural history
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"This important addition to postbellum Southern and US history brings into focus contributions from various sources to the understanding of citizenship in the US … Highly recommended."
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- isbn: 9781139698672
- contains: 9 b/w illus. 8 tables
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Table of Contents
1. 'We have fought the first skirmish': loyalty and citizenship
2. Men's Union: fixing the standard of a Union man
3. Women's Union: reckoning with the female Union man
4. Former slaves' Union: bestowing charity or rewarding loyalty
5. The colored Union: being all things to all men
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