Letters Received by the Attorney General , is the story of an adolescent nation_s struggle. Through letters received by the attorney general from U.S. attorneys and marshals, the federal courts and other federal officials, state government officials, and private citizens, scholars can put themselves at the helm. There, conflicting loyalties, shifting allegiances, ill-defined duties, and personal convictions often clouded vision. How the 19th-century lawman made sense of this confusion is also the tale of a nation finding its identity.
Southern Law and Order, 1871-1884 documents many issues of law and order in the emerging new South. It is a scholar's storehouse of commentary on the South in the Reconstruction and immediate post-Reconstruction period. Across the southern states, the years 1871 through 1884 saw the development of a distinct regional culture, as well as the notable growth in population and economic opportunity. Covers the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.