The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
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I think it 'must' reading for students taking a course on the Civil War, and it would be apprpriate reading for several other courses."--Robert Langran, Villanova University"In this Pulitzer Prize-winning study, Mark Neely makes a major contribution to the revision of the analysis of the nature of war behind the lines.A refreshing historical revision of the inner workings of the Union effort, which all too often is presented as if it had been a well-oiled machine.It is to be hoped that this book will stimulate others to look at the impact of the war on civilians in more detailled ways."-Michael Fellman, Canadian Review of American Studies"At last, some 125 years after the end of the Civil War, we have a more accurate and honest understanding of the Lincoln administration and civil liberties. "An impressive work, finely written and carefully presented. His questions are good ones. An important contrib
"Excellent study of a misunderstood aspect of the Civil War" according to A Customer. This book gives an excellent look into the policies of the Lincoln administration and the effects of these policies on civil liberties in the United States. A common misconception regarding this subject is that the majority of those arrested as a result of the suspension of habeas corpus were political enemies of Lincoln. This book, however, demonstrates how many of the arrests were not based upon politics, . Crucial book on civil liberties during wartime Ross Nordeen Neely gives an excellent and detailed review of how civil liberties suffered during the War Between the States. The right of habeas corpus is Neely's main concern, but trials by military commissons and international law are covered among other topics.If you're not a Civil War buff, this book may seem pretty dry. For example, a lot of space is devoted to evaluating the various claims of how many military pris. "A Pro-Lincoln Stance" according to Robert. Neely is an unabashedly pro-Lincolnite, as would seem proper for the Director of the Lincoln Museum. He continuously gives Lincoln a free pass for the unconstitutional actions of his administration. Detailing that many of the proclamations and letters were not written by Lincoln, but by his subordinates in the Military and in particular Secretaries Seward and Stanton. He even notes that Lincoln often delegat
Informed by a deep understanding of a unique period in American history, this incisive book takes a comprehensive look at the issues of civil liberties during Lincoln's administration, placing them firmly in the political context of the time. He finds that though the system of military justice was flawed, it suffered less from merciless zeal, or political partisanship, than from inefficiency and the friction and complexities of modern war. history. Mark Neely depicts Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus as a well-intentioned attempt to deal with a floodtide of unforeseen events: the threat to Washington as Maryland flirted with secession, disintegrating public order in the border states,
Mark E. Neely is McCabe-Greer Professor of the History of the Civil War Era at Penn State University.