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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.
If Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator, he was also the only president to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. Indeed, Lincoln's record on the Constitution and individual rights has fueled a century of debate, and he has even been viewed as a dictator. Now, the Director of the Lincoln Museum wades into this controversy to set the record straight in this Pulitzer Prize-winning work.
|1.||Actions without Precedent||3|
|2.||Missouri and Martial Law||32|
|3.||Low Tide for Liberty||51|
|4.||Arrests Move South||75|
|5.||The Dark Side of the Civil War||93|
|6.||Numbers and Definitions||113|
|7.||The Revival of International Law||139|
|8.||The Irrelevance of the Milligan Decision||160|
|9.||The Democratic Opposition||185|
|10.||Lincoln and the Constitution||210|
|Index of Prisoners of State||269|