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The Civil War Confiscation Acts: Failing to Reconstruct the South

John Syrett


This book is the first full account in more than 20 years of two significant, but relatively understudied, laws passed during the Civil War. The Confiscation Acts (1861–62) were designed to sanction slave holding states by authorizing the Federal Government to seize rebel properties (including land and other assets held in Northern and border states) and grant freedom to slaves who fought with or worked for the Confederate military. Abraham Lincoln objected to the Acts for fear they might push border states, particularly Missouri and Kentucky, into secession. The Acts were eventually rendered ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Confiscation Acts, slaves, Federal Government, Confederate military, Abraham Lincoln

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780823224890
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823224890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Syrett, author
Emeritus, Trent University