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Secession on trial : the treason prosecution of Jefferson Davis / Cynthia Nicoletti.

Nicoletti, Cynthia, (author.).
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Studies in legal history.
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Franklin Co PL Dist. - Brookville PL 345.73 NIO (Text) 38217000622015 Nonfiction BPL Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781108401531
  • ISBN: 1108401538
  • Physical Description: xii, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.

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The imprisoner's dilemma -- Two lions of the New York bar -- O'Conor's bluff -- The Civil War as a trial by battle -- The return of the rule of law -- Speed issues an opinion -- Public opinion and its uses -- Thaddeus Stevens, secession, and Radical Reconstruction -- Underwood and Chase -- Secession and belligerency in Shortridge v. Macon -- Richard Henry Dana comes on board -- The reach of the Prize Cases -- Two embattled Presidents -- O'Conor's triumph -- Epilogue : Texas v. White and the "settlement" of secession's constitutionality.
Summary, etc.:
Studies the legal and professional manoeuvres of the attorneys involved in the proposed trial of Jefferson Davis, which languished for four years, before being rendered moot by blanket presidential pardon. If secession was legal, then Davis had not committed treason, and the former Confederate states were legitimately conquered territory. If secession was not legal, then Davis had committed treason, but the process of military Reconstruction was not legal, as the Southern States were not conquered territory.
Subject: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 > Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Treason) > United States.
Secession > United States > History.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.

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