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Lincoln and the triumph of the nation : constitutional conflict in the American Civil War

Mark E. Neely

Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press ©2011

Available at Ina Dillard Russell Library  Circulating Collection  (KFZ9001.5 .N44 2011 )()

  • Title:
    Lincoln and the triumph of the nation : constitutional conflict in the American Civil War
  • Author: Mark E. Neely
  • Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Views on the Constitution; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; American Civil War (1861-1865); Constitutional history -- Confederate States of America; Constitutional history -- United States; Habeas corpus -- United States -- History; Civil rights -- Confederate States of America -- History; Civil rights; Constitutional history; Habeas corpus; Legislation; United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Law and legislation; United States; United States -- Confederate States of America; 1861-1865; History
  • Contents: Secession and anarchy : Lincoln's view of the constitution and the nation -- Habeas corpus, the nation, and the presidency -- The Emancipation Proclamation : the triumph of nationalism over racism and the constitution -- Soldiers in the courtroom -- The nation in the courts : the least dangerous branch fights the civil war -- Secession : deratifying the constitution -- The police state of Richmond -- State rights in the confederacy.
    "The Civil War placed the U.S. Constitution under unprecedented--and, to this day, still unmatched--strain. In Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mark Neely examines for the first time in one book the U.S. Constitution and its often overlooked cousin, the Confederate Constitution, and the ways the documents shaped the struggle for national survival. Previous scholars have examined wartime challenges to civil liberties and questions of presidential power, but Neely argues that the constitutional conflict extended to the largest questions of national existence. Drawing on judicial opinions, presidential state papers, and political pamphlets spiced with the everyday immediacy of the partisan press, Neely reveals how judges, lawyers, editors, politicians, and government officials, both North and South, used their constitutions to fight the war and save, or create, their nation. Lincoln and the triumph of the nation illuminates how the U.S. Constitution not only survived its greatest test but emerged stronger after the war. That this happened at a time when the nation's very existence was threatened, Neely argues, speaks ultimately to the wisdom of the Union leadership, notably President Lincoln and his vision of the American nation"--Provided by publisher.
    "The Civil War placed the U.S. Constitution under unprecedented--and, to this day, still unmatched--strain. Neely examines for the first time in one book the U.S. Constitution and its often overlooked cousin, the Confederate Constitution, and the ways the documents shaped the struggle for national survival"--Provided by publisher.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press
  • Creation Date: ©2011
  • Physical Description: 408 pages ; 25 cm..
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN9780807835180;ISBN0807835188;ISBN1469621843;ISBN9781469621845
  • Source: 01GALI USG ALMA
  • OCLC Number: 711043331
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