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Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era

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This striking portrait of Abraham Lincoln found in this book is drawn entirely from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It reveals a more severely beleaguered, less godlike, and finally a richer Lincoln than has come through many of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his death. To those who are familiar only with the various retouchedversions of Lincoln's life, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait will be a welcome-if ...
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Overview


This striking portrait of Abraham Lincoln found in this book is drawn entirely from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It reveals a more severely beleaguered, less godlike, and finally a richer Lincoln than has come through many of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his death. To those who are familiar only with the various retouchedversions of Lincoln's life, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait will be a welcome-if sometimes surprising-addition to the literature surrounding the man who is perhaps the central figure in all of American history. The brutality, indeed that malignancy of some of the treatment Lincoln received at the hands of the press may well shock those readers who believe the second half of the twentieth century has a monopoly on the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and clarity he did under the barrage of such attacks can only enhance his stature as one of the great political leaders of any nation at any time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823217694
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: North's Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Belz is Professor of History at The University of Maryland at College Park and is a leading expert on the constitution and politics in the Civil War Era.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: Constitution and Revolution in the Civil War Era 1
1 Lincoln and the Constitution: The Dictatorship Question Reconsidered 17
2 The "Philosophical Cause" of Free Government: The Problem of Lincoln's Political Thought 44
3 Abraham Lincoln and American Constitutionalism 72
4 Protection of Personal Liberty in Republican Emancipation Legislation 101
5 Race, Law, and Politics in the Struggle for Equal Pay During the Civil War 119
6 The Freedmen's Bureau Act of 1865 and the Principle of No Discrimination According to Color 138
7 The New Orthodoxy in Reconstruction Historiography 162
8 Equality and the Fourteenth Amendment: The Original Understanding 170
9 The Constitution and Reconstruction 187
Conclusion: Legitimacy, Consent, and Equality in the Reconstruction Settlement 217
Bibliography 247
Index 263
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