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Confederate States of America. Congress Resolutions of the legislature of the State of Mississippi in relation to the recent act of the Congress of the Confederate States suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08421 Author/Creator: Confederate States of America. Congress Place Written: s.l. Type: Printed document Date: 12 May 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: States "The writ of habeas corpus is the great prerogative writ of the American people, distinguishing a free and constitutional government from an absolute despotism ... the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it." Indicates this resolution was introduced by Jehu Amaziah Orr, a House Representative from Mississippi.

People: Confederate States of America. Congress. House of Representatives.
Orr, J. L. (James Lawrence), 1822-1873.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Confederate States of America, Government and Civics, Habeas Corpus, Civil Rights

Sub Era: The American Civil War