Abolitionism and American law

1st Edition

John R. McKivigan

Routledge
Published December 1, 1999
Reference - 410 Pages
ISBN 9780815331094 - CAT# RT7678
Series: History of the American Abolitionist Movement

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Summary

This volume's essays reveal that the abolitionists' impact on United States law and the Constitution did not end with the Civil War. The immediate postwar Reconstruction amendments were both rooted in the radically anti-positivistic, natural rights philosophy long espoused by the radical political abolitionists. Implementing protection for black civil rights, however, proved much more difficult.

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