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Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War - Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (Hardback)
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Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War - Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (Hardback)

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The Civil War placed the U.S. Constitution under unprecedented--and, to this day, still unmatched--strain. In Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mark Neely examines for the first time in one book 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 Neely 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 everyday immediacy of the partisan press, Neely reveals how judges, lawyers, editors, politicians, and government officials, both North and South, used their constitutions to fight the war and save, or create, their nation.

Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation illuminates how the U.S. Constitution not only survived its greatest test but emerged stronger after the war. That this happened at a time when the nation's very existence was threatened, Neely argues, speaks ultimately to the wisdom of the Union leadership, notably President Lincoln and his vision of the American nation.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807835180
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 735 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is an important work of constitutional history that ranks among the very best of the genre. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above.--Choice


Neely seeks both to reinvigorate the roots and nature of 'nationalism' in the era of the Civil War for both the federal Union and the Confederacy. . . . [Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation] is sure to initiate further research, writing, arguments, incrimination, and vindications.--Louisiana History


The most original, thought-provoking, and--at times--quarrelsome book about Civil War-era nationalism ever published. . . . Neely has made a major contribution to the study of Civil War constitutionalism and nationalism, and it is hard not to be persuaded by his argument.--Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association


A fresh starting point for a new generation of constitutional historians.--The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians


"Neely has laid bare a new foundation for all future scholarship of Civil War constitutionalism.--The Review of Politics


Noteworthy for originality of argument, breadth of subject matter, and felicity of prose . . . it will undoubtedly stimulate further inquiry into the constitutional history of the Civil War and other American wars.--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


Neely's contributions to scholarship in this area are remarkable. . . . His writing style is both scholarly and engaging.--Cercles


The profound insights of Neely's research, together with his sharp questioning of conventional and modern interpretations of Civil War constitutionalism, should spur debate and further inquiry about the essence of American nationalism, which even today continues to remain elusive.--American Historical Review


An important book. . . . Neely's account of constitutional matters in the Confederate States is his most important contribution to our knowledge of the Civil War.--North Carolina Historical Review


This work is alive with character and narrative.--Publishers Weekly


Entertains an extended and open-ended analysis. Discursive at times and wide-ranging throughout, Neely challenges, engages, tweaks, and revises the work of dozens of constitutional and civil war historians.--Indiana Magazine of History


A meditation on the relationship between nationalism and constitutionalism in war, one that is intended to inspire a certain love for constitutional history in the Civil War period, a woefully understudied area.--The Historian


A meticulous study of Civil War-era constitutionalism, a complex and multifaceted book that will reward multiple readings to understand fully its meaning and implications. . . . Constitutional and political history at its finest.--Journal of American History

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