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Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867Series 3, Volume 2: Land and Labor, 1866-1867$
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Rene Hayden, Anthony E. Kaye, and Kate Masur

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607429

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469611099_Hayden

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Possession and Dispossession

Possession and Dispossession

(p.211) 2 Possession and Dispossession
Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867

René Hayden

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers issues relating to possessions at the end of the Civil War. After the Civil War, former slaves and Northerners both expected some redistribution of the defeated rebels property. By the end of 1865, however, the amnesty and pardon policies of President Andrew Johnson had fatally undermined such possibilities. Restoration of property to former Confederates, not its conveyance to former slaves, became the order of the day. The policy may have been settled, but its execution remained problematic wherever federal authorities had established ex-slaves on abandoned or confiscated property.

Keywords:   Civil War, former slaves, President Andrew Johnson, former Confederates, ex-slaves, property

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