Siddali, Silvana R.
Siddali, Silvana R.
Education: Massachusetts College of Art, B.F.A., 1984; Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M. 1989; Harvard University, A.M., 1993, Ph.D., 1999.
Office—Department of History, St. Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. E-mail—[email protected]
Writer, educator. St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, associate professor of history.
Newberry Library Center for Great Lakes Culture fellowship, 2002; Gilder-Lehrman Institute fellowship, 2003; J. Everett Helm fellowship, Indiana University, 2003; St. Louis Mercantile Library fellowship, 2003; National Endowment for the Humanities stipend, 2003; Bentley Historical Library grant, University of Michigan, 2004; State Historical Society of Iowa Research and Publication grant, 2005.
From Property to Person: Slavery and the Confiscation Acts, 1861-1862, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 2005.
(Editor) Missouri's War: The Civil War in Documents, Ohio University Press (Athens, OH), 2008.
Contributor to periodicals, including History of Education Quarterly and American Nineteenth Century History.
Silvana R. Siddali writes widely about the political, social, and military history of the United States during the nineteenth century. In From Property to Person: Slavery and the Confiscation Acts, 1861-1862, Siddali argues that the First and Second Confiscation Acts, which authorized the seizure of Confederate personal property, including slaves, led to profound changes in the American conception of private property rights, civil liberties, and individual rights. According to Historian critic Sharon A. Roger Hepburn, "Siddali adeptly guides readers through the complexity and nuances of the framing, passage, and enforcement of the Confiscation Acts, demonstrating how the very survival of the nation necessitated a reinterpretation of property rights."
From Property to Person received generally strong reviews. "The work's strength lies in the detailed analysis of the Congressional debates that plagued the political parties and the personal consciences of party members," Timothy Westcott remarked in an H-Net review. "Siddali presents an excellent representation of the initial stages of the tension within the Republican Party that would be exacerbated during Reconstruction." H-Net reviewer Paul Christopher Westcott noted that, to Siddali, "what the Confiscations Acts did was far less important than the meaningful debates they provoked." Westcott added, "Siddali argues that the laws were a signally important—if heretofore overlooked—way by which Americans came to grips with slavery and the Constitution. The Congressional debates became both wedge and crucible." In the words of Journal of Southern History critic Mark Tushnet, "Siddali's important contribution illuminates the policy debate over confiscation and, when read carefully, also sheds light on the way in which the nation's understanding of the Constitution's protection of property rights was transformed."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Historical Review, February, 2006, James L. Huston, review of From Property to Person: Slavery and the Confiscation Acts, 1861-1862, p. 183.
American Journal of Legal History, July, 2005, R. Owen Williams, review of From Property to Person, p. 314.
Historian, spring, 2007, Sharon A. Roger Hepburn, review of From Property to Person, p. 122.
Journal of American History, March, 2006, Michael W. Fitzgerald, review of From Property to Person, p. 1439.
Journal of Interdisciplinary History, summer, 2006, Mark Grimsley, review of From Property to Person, p. 135.
Journal of Southern History, May, 2006, Mark Tushnet, review of From Property to Person, p. 474.
Law and History Review, fall, 2006, James W. Ely, Jr., review of From Property to Person, p. 687.
Law and Social Inquiry, fall, 2005, review of From Property to Person, p. 859.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online,http://www.h-net.org/ (September, 2005), Timothy Westcott, "A Collision concerning the Rights of Property," review of From Property to Person; (March, 2006), Paul Christopher Westcott, "From History's Grave to Historian's Cradle," review of From Property to Person.
St. Louis University Web site,http://www.slu.edu/ (May 10, 2008), biography of Silvana R. Siddali.
"Siddali, Silvana R.." Contemporary Authors. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 19, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/siddali-silvana-r
"Siddali, Silvana R.." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved April 19, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/siddali-silvana-r
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.