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By Susanna Michele Lee

This publication examines Southerners' claims to dependable citizenship within the reunited kingdom after the yankee Civil struggle. Southerners - female and male; elite and non-elite; white, black, and American Indian - disagreed with the government over the tasks voters owed to their kingdom and the responsibilities the state owed to its voters. Susanna Michele Lee explores those clashes in the course of the operations of the Southern Claims fee, a federal physique that rewarded reimbursement for wartime losses to Southerners who proved they had been unswerving electorate of the Union. Lee argues that Southerners pressured the government to think about how white males who had no longer been infantrymen and citizens, and girls and racial minorities who had no longer been allowed to serve in these capacities, may also qualify as dependable voters. Postwar issues of the previous Confederacy most likely demanded a reconceptualization of citizenship that changed exclusions by means of race and gender with inclusions in response to loyalty.

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