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The Loyal Republic: Traitors, Slaves, and the Remaking of Citizenship in Civil War America

Erik Mathisen

Abstract

This is the story of how Americans attempted to define what it meant to be a citizen of the United States, at a moment of fracture in the republic's history. As Erik Mathisen demonstrates, prior to the Civil War, American national citizenship amounted to little more than a vague bundle of rights. But during the conflict, citizenship was transformed. Ideas about loyalty emerged as a key to citizenship, and this change presented opportunities and profound challenges aplenty. Confederate citizens would be forced to explain away their act of treason, while African Americans would use their wartime ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Citizenship, Emancipation, Reconstruction, African American history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469636320
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636320.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Mathisen, author
Queen Mary University