Nashville, Tenn. S.G. Mercer, Printer to the State, 1865. Later tan institutional cloth, title stamped on spine with institution's name stamped on spine base. No other library marks. 12, [2 blanks], xiii, [1 blank], 178 pp. A clean and bright text. Very Good.
A record of significant activity in Tennessee's [partial] return to the Union. Edwin Stanton and President Lincoln appoint Andrew Johnson Military Governor of Tennessee in March 1862. Proposed Amendments to Tennessee's Constitution abolish slavery, prohibit the Legislature from making any law "recognizing the right of property in man," repudiate Secession and its accompanying ordinances, and require an oath of loyalty to the Union. Governor Johnson's Proclamation announces the scheduling of an election to vote on the Proposed Amendments, and later announces their adoption.
Governor Johnson's April 6, 1865 Message to the Tennessee Senate and House declares Secession "an abomination that I cannot too strongly condemn." He urges immediate adoption of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery. "The negro has had no agency himself in bringing on our troubles, and does not merit unkind treatment at our hands." "Roving bands of guerrillas" must be suppressed, he says, and the Legislature obliges.
The Legislature also enacts a law "to limit the Electoral Franchise." Only white adult males who establish their loyalty to the Union may vote; Blacks remain disqualified. As a sign of the changing times, previous Governor Isham Harris-- who herded the State into secession-- is denounced as a traitor, and a reward of $5,000 offered for his apprehension. Early steps toward Reconstruction are commenced.
Allen 6074. Item #37689