A More Perfect Union: The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the Constitution

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A Note on Bibliography, Acknowledgments, and Related Matters

R eflecting this book's wide-ranging, ecletic research characteristic, the footnotes will, I trust, serve readers usefully as source references. Supplemental bibliographic guides to constitutional and legal history generally, and to Civil War and Reconstruction constitutionalism specifically, are in H. H. Bellot, "The Literature of the Last Half-Century on the Constitutional History of the United States," Royal Historical Society Transactions, 5th series, VII ( 1957), 159-82; James G. Randall and David Donald, The Civil War and Reconstruction ( 2nd edn., Boston, 1961), 703-88; Donald, The Nation in Crisis, 18611877 ( New York, [ Goldentree Bibliographies in American History ], 1969), entire; Charles Fairman, Reconstruction and Reunion, 1864-88 ([ VI, I, The Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States ] New York ], 1971), footnotes passim; and Perspectives in American History, V ( 1971), passim, which was devoted entirely to essays on law in American history.

Despite the guidance these compilations and analyses offered, it was never easy during the creation of this volume to overcome research and bibliographical difficulties in the way of recapturing the letter and spirit of constitutional and legal history a century ago; never possible to shape a comfortingly confident

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