A Political Manual for 1866 for 1867, of Executive, Legislative, Judicial, Politico-Military, and General Facts, From April 15, 1865, to April 1, 1867, and including the Development of the Presidential and the Congressional Plan of Reconstruction, with the Peculiarities of Each. By Edward McPherson.

A Political Manual for 1866 for 1867, of Executive, Legislative, Judicial, Politico-Military, and General Facts, From April 15, 1865, to April 1, 1867, and including the Development of the Presidential and the Congressional Plan of Reconstruction, with the Peculiarities of Each.

Washington, DC: Stereotyped by M’Gill & Witherow. [Perhaps published by Philip & Solomons], 1867. Original wraps. Approximately 6” x 9.25”. Original string-bound self-wraps with iv introductory pages, 262 text pages, and [2] pages of advertisements. Uncut (i.e. untrimmed, not unopened), so a little worn at the edges.

“Much of the legislative history of pos-Civil War America lies buried in the official documents and proceedings of various state and national journals. One of the difficulties . . . in studying this period is the sheer drudgery of finding such materials. For this reason, McPherson, . . . long-time clerk of the House of Representatives, provided a valuable service for his contemporaries and subsequent historians alike by compiling data that researchers would ordinarily find only after weeks of hard work.” (Choice: Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Vol 10, Issue 7)

This manual includes:

The Constitution of the United States with Seward’s Certificate of Ratification of the Anti-Slavery Amendment,

President Johnson’s Orders and Proclamations,

Actions of the Conventions and Legislatures of the Lately Insurrectionary States,

Legislation respecting Freedmen,

President Johnson’s Interviews and Speeches,

Message (including Vetoes) of President Johnson,

Majority and Minority Reports on Reconstruction,

Members of the Cabinet and Congress,

Votes on Resolutions and Bills,

Data Tables (population, tariffs, public debt, etc.),

President Johnson’s Speeches and Messages,

Text of Reconstruction Measures,

Proclamations and Orders,

Judicial Opinions,

Resolutions of National and State Conventions (Veterans, Political Parties, etc.), and much more.

This manual consolidates the information provided in manuals for 1866 and 1867, however the manuals are not simply conjoined but the information is co-mingled and arranged chronologically within sections. Very good. Item #009546

McPherson served as a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1859. A protégé of Thaddeus Stevens, he was appointed as the Clerk of the House from 1863 to 1875 and again from 1881 to 1891. He died from accidental poisoning in 1895 when he mistook a bottle of nux vomica (strychnine) for a medicinal tonic.

Although this document is available via Hathi Trust and other reprint services. No physical examples of the original are for sale the trade and there are no auction results as Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows five examples are held by institutions, however some of those are simply links to Hathi or Gale digital websites.

Price: $150.00

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