Amnesty Act

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The Amnesty Act of May 22, 1872 was a United States federal law that removed voting restrictions and office-holding disqualification against most of the secessionists who rebelled in the American Civil War, except for some 500 military leaders of the Confederacy. The act was passed by the 42nd United States Congress and the original restrictive Act was passed by the United States Congress in May 1866.[1]

The 1872 Act affected over 150,000 former Confederate troops who had taken part in the American Civil War.


  1. Rawley, James A. (December 1960). "The General Amnesty Act of 1872: A Note". The Mississippi Valley Historical Review. Organization of American Historians. 47 (3): 480–484. Retrieved 28 October 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>