Willis, Anson. The Nation: Its Rulers and Institutions; or, Outlines of the Government. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: New World Publishing Company, 1871.
Anson Willis (1802-1874) was a lawyer and judge in New York City. Known as a staunch supporter of the United States government during the Civil War, he wrote The Nation in 1876 as “an exhibit of the statistical history and official career of the Nation”. Displayed is Chapter XCV, an accounting of the Wars of the United States from the Revolutionary War onward. Willis approaches the retelling with patriotism and clear bias in favor of the United States. He details six wars, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and a final section for Indian Wars. While he “hoped that our Indian wars [would] soon cease forever,” he used language that highlighted bias against Indigenous people.
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War Law Philosophy and Perceptions