With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era

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challenge-2019, , Military History, History

Few issues created greater consensus among Civil War-era northerners than the belief that the secessionists had committed treason. But as William A. Blair shows in this engaging history, the way politicians, soldiers, and civilians dealt with disloyalty varied widely. Citizens often moved more swiftly than federal agents in punishing traitors in their midst, forcing the government to rethink legal practices and definitions. Ultimately, punishment for treason extended well beyond wartime and into the framework of Reconstruction policies, including the construction of the Fourteenth Amendment. Establishing how treason was defined not just by the Lincoln administration, Congress, and the courts but also by the general public, Blair reveals the surprising implications for North and South alike.

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  • Nathan Albright

    It is useful to remember what history looks like before it happens, so that we do not project our understanding of the past back to distort the options that were available to take at the time.  We li...

  • R.K. Byers

    reads at some points like a whodunnit, at others like a spy novel...

  • Matthew Bartlett

    While a stream of books are released about the militaristic nature of the Civil War, there are only a handful which deal with the nature of politics in comparison. Those books on politics rarely deal ...