Loyalty and Betrayal

George P. Fletcher

in Our Secret Constitution

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156287
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199872169 | DOI:
Loyalty and Betrayal

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This chapter confronts the problem of conferring meaning on the violence of armed conflict – is it crime, or is it war? – and addresses the questions of treason and loyalty that arose during the Reconstruction as the U.S. reached for reconciliation between North and South. These oppositions are illuminated in discussions of the treatment of John Brown following his raid on Harper's Ferry; the fate of Jefferson Davis; and the problem of the Prize Cases, in which the Supreme Court determined the legality of the Southern blockade.

Keywords: crime; John Brown; Jefferson Davis; loyalty; Prize Cases; reconciliation; Reconstruction; Supreme Court; treason; war

Chapter.  5981 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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