Online Primary Sources for American History: The Confederate States of America

The Confederacy was not just a loose amalgamation of secessionist states; it had a structure, a form of government informed by protocols, rules and regulations, and formal lines of authority. It had a constitution (read the preamble), a Congress (read the seven-volume journal here), laws at the executive levelacts and resolutions, a judicial system (more here), a system to finance its activities via bonds, a host of executive departments, and separate state governments. Compilations of documents can be found at: The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865, HathiTrust, and Confederate State of America Records: Finding Aid to the Collections of the Library of Congress (this is not only a finding aid, but it also directs you to digital copies of the sources – literally thousands of documents on every aspect of the Confederate governmental structure can be found here in digital form. A goldmine.)

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