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Abraham Lincoln, constitutionalism, and equal rights in the Civil War era / by Herman Belz.
Title:
Abraham Lincoln, constitutionalism, and equal rights in the Civil War era / by Herman Belz.
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Publication:
New York : Fordham University Press, 1998.
Publication Date:
1998
ISBN:
9780823217687

9780823217694
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Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-262) and index.
Contents:
Lincoln and the Constitution : the dictatorship question reconsidered -- The "philosophical cause" of free government : the problem of Lincoln's political thought -- Abraham Lincoln and American constitutionalism -- Protection of personal liberty in Republican emancipation legislation -- Race, law, and politics in the struggle for equal pay during the Civil War -- The Freedmen's Bureau Act of 1865 and the principle of no discrimination according to color -- The new orthodoxy in Reconstruction historiography -- Equality and the Fourteenth Amendment : the original understanding -- The Constitution and Reconstruction.
Abstract:
Was Lincoln a dictator, albeit benign? Was he a revolutionary nationalist, casting aside constitutional forms and procedures and paving the way for a twentieth-century "imperial presidency"? Or was he a constitutional chief executive who, even in the nation's darkest hour of crisis, operated within the limits imposed by the Founding Fathers? Was Reconstruction a revolutionary repudiation of the Constitution, or a legitimate amendment thereof?

This book, by one of the nation's leading constitutional historians, analyzes the nature and tendency of American constitutionalism during the nation's greatest political crisis. In a series of related essays, Herman Belz combines detailed narrative with probing judicial analysis of the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, his exercise of executive power, and the application of the equality principle which would become a central issue during Reconstruction.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
volume
Local Note:
MSU--Ulysses S. Grant Association.

MSU--Donated by David J. Eicher and John H. Eicher.
MSU Volume:
no. 2
Language:
English
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