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Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Dissertation Idea

I have a great dissertation topic for anyone who is interested. The National Archives holds hundreds of Section Three amnesty petitions that were sent to Congress during Reconstruction. I've been looking at some of them, but there are far too many for me to examine. And most of them are not digitized. The National Archives catalog entry is here.

Here is one digitized example. The petitions are interesting in that they contain personal narratives from those requesting relief. Some of these narratives are quite detailed, and they come from states and jurisdictions inside and outside of the Confederacy. They also shed light on the original public meaning of Section Three, as I'll explain after I've gone though more of them.

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on January 21, 2023 at 11:25 AM | Permalink


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