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The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties / Edition 1
     

The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties / Edition 1

by Mark E. Neely
 

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ISBN-10: 0195080327

ISBN-13: 9780195080322

Pub. Date: 08/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Fate of Liberty, Mark Neely -- one of America's leading authorities on Lincoln -- explores the whole range of Lincoln's constitutional policies, examining his controversial restriction of civil liberties and the abuses of power that arose under martial law.

Neely depicts Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus as a well-intentioned

Overview

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Fate of Liberty, Mark Neely -- one of America's leading authorities on Lincoln -- explores the whole range of Lincoln's constitutional policies, examining his controversial restriction of civil liberties and the abuses of power that arose under martial law.

Neely depicts Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus as a well-intentioned attempt to deal with a floodtide of unforeseen events -- from the disintegrating public order in the border states to the outcry against the first draft in U.S. history. Drawing on letters from prisoners, records of military courts and federal prisons, memoirs, and federal archives, he paints a vivid picture of how Lincoln responded to these problems, how his policies were actually executed, and the virulent political debates that followed. Lincoln emerges from this account with his legendary statesmanship intact -- mindful of political realities and prone to temper the sentences of military courts, concerned not with persecuting his opponents but with prosecuting the war efficiently.

Written with keen insight and an intimate grasp of the original sources, The Fate of Liberty brings to life the crises and chaos of a nation at war with itself, changing our understanding of Lincoln and his most controversial policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195080322
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
1.Actions without Precedent3
2.Missouri and Martial Law32
3.Low Tide for Liberty51
4.Arrests Move South75
5.The Dark Side of the Civil War93
6.Numbers and Definitions113
7.The Revival of International Law139
8.The Irrelevance of the Milligan Decision160
9.The Democratic Opposition185
10.Lincoln and the Constitution210
Epilogue223
Notes237
Index of Prisoners of State269
Index273

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