U.S. Marshals

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U.S. Marshals
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Unnamed U.S. Marshals
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
MultiClass Group
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Administrative
Specific Job: 
Federal Marshals
Biography: 

There were thousands of uniformed "United States marshals" in the South during Reconstruction as part of the federal government's efforts to enfranchise and protect the rights of emancipated slaves and to enforce the punishments Congress imposed on former Confederate leaders and soldiers. Their role is the novel is described (by Shreve) as only punitive: he refers to the "taxes and levies and penalties" with which they encumber Sutpen's property (146).

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