Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism by Kyle SinisiSacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism by Kyle Sinisi

Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism

byKyle Sinisi

Hardcover | September 12, 2003

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In this innovative book, Kyle Sinisi explores a little-known chapter in the history of American politics-the struggle between states and the federal government over the costs of fighting the Civil War. At stake was the disposition of some 8 million.

Focusing on Kansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, Sinisi explores the process by which states were reimbursed by Washington in the most expensive intergovernmental contact of the 19th century. Recasting our understanding of governance, he shows that traditional sources of influence-courts and political parties-were less important in settling claims than adjutants general and private agents who fought for cash bonanzas. These power brokers helped shape the federal bureaucracy-and the process of state building.

Kyle S. Sinisi, co-editor of Warm Ashes: Essays in Southern History at the Dawn of the 21st Century, is Associate Professor of History at The Citadel.
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Title:Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American FederalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:September 12, 2003Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823222594

ISBN - 13:9780823222599

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Sinisi's book on this interesting era of intergovernmental activies is both informative and engaging.