complements the work of historians like Michael Fitzgerald and adds to our growing understanding of postwar African American politics. Andrew Slap andrew slap is a professor of history at East Tennessee State University. He is coeditor of Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War (2015) and currently working on a book about African American communities in nineteenthcentury Memphis. Claiming the Union: Citizenship in the PostCivil War South. By Susanna Michele Lee. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. 270. Cloth, $95.00.) Susanna Michele Lee's Claiming the Union sheds new light on something we thought we already knew. Lee examines the records of the Southern Claims Commission (SCC), the postCivil War congressional commission tasked with assessing southerners' claims for lost and damaged property, and interprets them differently from many scholars before her. The SCC records are a staple of Civil War loyalty scholarship, casting significant light on southerners marginalized or silenced by the Lost Cause's facade of white unity. Claiming the Union is not another attempt to glean every last hint of wartime loyalty out of postwar records. Lee successfully places the wartime struggles over loyalty and citizenship in the SCC's proper Reconstruction context. This placement of
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 18, 2016
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