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Author Neely, Mark E., author

Title Lincoln and the triumph of the nation : constitutional conflict in the American Civil War / Mark E. Neely Jr

Publ Info Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2011
 PC  KFZ 9001.5 .N44 2011    AVAILABLE
 RIC  KFZ 9001.5 .N44 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  KFZ 9001.5 .N44 2011    AVAILABLE
 URI  KFZ9001.5 .N44 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript 408 pages ; 25 cm
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Series Littlefield history of the Civil War era
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [351]-398) and index
Contents Prologue : capturing the flag, capturing the Constitution -- Introduction -- PART 1 : THE PRESIDENT AND THE NATION: 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 -- PART 2 : THE COURTS AND THE NATION: Soldiers in the courtroom -- The nation in the courts : the least dangerous branch fights the Civil War -- PART 3 : THE CONFEDERACY AND ITS CONSTITUTION: Secession : deratifying the Constitution -- The police state of Richmond -- State rights in the Confederacy -- Epilogue : other wars
Note Publisher's description: 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
LC subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Constitutional history -- Confederate States of America
Constitutional history -- United States
Habeas corpus -- United States -- History
Civil rights -- Confederate States of America -- History
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Law and legislation
Alt Title Constitutional conflict in the American Civil War
ISBN 9780807835180 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807835188 (cloth : alk. paper)