Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership (Paperback)Charles M. Hubbard (author)
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From his early years as a smalltown lawyer through his rise to the presidency, Abraham Lincoln respected the rule of law. Secession and the Civil War, however, led him to expand presidential power in ways that often put him at odds with the Supreme Court and Congress. In this incisive essay collection, recognized scholars from a variety of academic disciplines-including history, political science, legal studies, and journalism-explore Lincoln's actions as president and identify within his decisionmaking process his commitment to law and order and the principles of the Constitution. In so doing, they demonstrate how wartime pressures and problems required Lincoln to confront the constitutional limitations imposed on the chief executive and expose the difficulty and ambiguity associated with the protection of civil rights during the Civil War. Among the topics addressed are civil liberties during wartime; presidential pardons; the loyalty (or treason) of government employees; Lincoln's political ideology and its influence on his approach to citizenship; Lincoln's defense of the Constitution, the Union, and popular government; constitutional restraints on Lincoln as he dealt with slavery and emancipation; and how Lincoln's image has been used in presidential rhetoric. Although varied in their strategies and methodologies, these essays expand our understanding of Lincoln's vision for a united nation grounded on the Constitution. Together, they provide an illuminating examination of the law as Lincoln applied it, the expansion of presidential war powers, and the foundation for the transformation of American society.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"Charles Hubbard has collected and contributed to a worthy collection of essays showing the variety of ways Lincoln's legal background influenced the style and content of his presidential leadership." --Gerald J. Prokopowicz, author of Did Lincoln Own Slaves? And Other FAQ about Abraham Lincoln
"Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership is a superb collection of the latest Lincoln scholarship to examine the influence of constitutional law on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. These essays, written by some of today's most respected Lincoln scholars, provide brief, insightful analyses of the hottest Lincoln topics, including the sixteenth president's interpretation of his emergency war powers; his unilateral suspension of habeas corpus; and his actions as commander in chief to free the slaves, pardon condemned soldiers, and prosecute the war. Brilliantly edited by eminent Lincoln scholar Charles Hubbard, this highly readable volume will appeal to scholars, Lincoln enthusiasts, and students alike."--Gordon Leidner, author of Lincoln's Gift: How Humor Shaped Lincoln's Life and Legacy
"Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership is an anthology of scholarly essays by learned authors examining the influence of American law on Lincoln's presidency, and vice versa. . . . [It is an] insightful and erudite addition to American legal and political history collections ---Midwest Book Review
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