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.
Northern Law and Order, 1809-1870 covers issues such as resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law and the problems northern lawmen encountered in its enforcement, piracy, slave trading, federal-state relations and disputes, property confiscation cases, the Civil War, filibustering campaigns, the Fenian movement, and the basic relationship between citizens in the North and the laws the federal government enforced. Covers the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.