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Author Neely, Mark E., Jr.
Title The fate of liberty : Abraham Lincoln and civil liberties / Mark E. Neely, Jr.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.

Author Neely, Mark E., Jr.
Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Views on civil rights.
Habeas corpus -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Civil rights -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Law and legislation.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 278 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Note Print version record.
Summary The Fate of Liberty is a comprehensive look at the issues of civil liberties during Lincoln's administration, placing them in the political context of the time. It examines the practical impact on civil liberties of the policies Lincoln developed to save the Union. Neely focuses on Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in a turbulent time of unforeseen events that threatened the stability of the nation - the threat to Washington as Maryland flirted with secession, disintegrating public order in the border states, corruption among military contractors, contraband trade with the South and the outcry against the first draft in United States history. Drawing upon 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.
Contents Actions without Precedent -- Missouri and Martial Law -- Low Tide for Liberty -- Arrests Move South -- The Dark Side of the Civil War -- Numbers and Definitions -- The Revival of International Law -- The Irrelevance of the Milligan Decision -- The Democratic Opposition -- Lincoln and the Constitution.
Note English.
ISBN 0195080327
0195064968 (alk. paper)
9780195064964 (alk. paper)
142373792X (electronic bk.)
9781423737926 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 166335024
Additional Format Print version: Neely, Mark E. Fate of liberty. New York : Oxford University Press, 1991 (DLC) 90031907.

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