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Location/Available   St. Cloud State University MC Main Collection - Basement Call #: E457.2 .B38 1998 On Display Library Info
Author   LinkBelz, Herman.
Title   LinkAbraham Lincoln, constitutionalism, and equal rights in the Civil War era / by Herman Belz.
Publisher   New York : Fordham University Press, 1998.
Physical Details   xi, 265 p. ; 24 cm.
Series   ( The North’s Civil War, 1089-8719 ; no. 2)
Bibliography   Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-262) and index.
Contents Note   ch. 1. Lincoln and the constitution: the dictatorship question reconsidered -- ch. 2. "Philosophical cause" of free government: the problem of Lincoln’s political thought -- ch. 3. Abraham Lincoln and American constitutionalism -- ch. 4. Protection of personal liberty in Republican emancipation legislation -- ch. 5. Race, law, and politics in the struggle for equal pay during the Civil War -- ch. 6. Freedmen’s Bureau Act of 1865 and the principle of no discrimination according to color -- ch. 7. New orthodoxy in reconstruction historiography -- ch. 8. Equality and the Fourteenth Amendment: the original understanding -- ch. 9. Constitution and reconstruction.
Summary   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.
Related Resource    Contributor biographical information -- http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0733/97009935-b.html 
   Publisher description -- http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0730/97009935-d.html 
Subject   LinkLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Views on the Constitution.
Subject   LinkConstitutional history -- United States.
  LinkAfrican Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 19th century.
  LinkEquality before the law -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
  LinkReconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Subject   LinkUnited States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
Series   LinkNorth’s Civil War ; no. 2. 1089-8719
Browse Call Number   LinkE457.2 .B38 1998
ISBN   082321768X (hc)
  9780823217687 (hc)
  0823217698 (pbk.)
  9780823217694 (pbk.)
System Number   36470329 63549258 491413086
  ocm36470329 
Record Id   001159454
Format   <Print Book>
  <Book>
  <Nonfiction>

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