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Author Hamilton, Daniel W

Title The limits of sovereignty : property confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War / Daniel W. Hamilton
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (231 pages)
Contents Legislative property confiscation before the Civil War -- Radical property confiscation in the Thirty-seventh Congress -- The conservative assault on confiscation -- The moderate coup -- The Confederate Sequestration Act -- The ordeal of sequestration -- Civil War confiscation in the reconstruction supreme court -- The limits of sovereignty
Summary Americans take for granted that government does not have the right to permanently seize private property without just compensation. Yet for much of American history, such a view constituted the weaker side of an ongoing argument about government sovereignty and individual rights. What brought about this drastic shift in legal and political thought?. Daniel W. Hamilton locates that change in the crucible of the Civil War. In the early days of the war, Congress passed the First and Second Confiscation Acts, authorizing the Union to seize private property in the rebellious states of the Confedera
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-215) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Enemy property -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Enemy property.
SUBJECT United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Law and legislation
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Confiscations and contributions.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Claims.
Subject United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780226314860