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Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War

Mark E. Neely Jr.

Abstract

The Civil War placed the U.S. Constitution under unprecedented—and, to this day, still unmatched—strain. This book examines 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 this book 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 everyd ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Confederate Constitution, civil liberties, presidential power, constitutional conflict, judges, lawyers, editors, politicians, government officials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835180
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869024_neely

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark E. Neely Jr., author