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“...a rich, creative, and utterly readable rendering of the development of Abraham Lincoln’s constitutional theory...”—The Civil War Monitor

“Why didn’t anyone think of this before: a concise and clear introduction to the problem of Lincoln and the Constitution?  Thank goodness Brian Dirck did.  Anyone who reads his accessible, vivid, even entertaining book will understand why Abraham Lincoln cannot be ignored in any account of the constitutional history of the United States.”—Mark E. Neely, McCabe-Grier Professor of the History of the Civil War Era at Penn State University

“Events of the past decade have sent pundits, politicians, and policy makers in search of Abraham Lincoln’s Constitution.  The result has been a cacophony of confusion about Lincoln’s approach to every legal matter from executive power to civil rights.  Finally, Brian Dirck has stilled the noise with a clear, true note.  His new book offers an accurate, fascinating account of Lincoln’s take on constitutional matters.  Ranging across topics as varied as territorial expansion, southern secession, emancipation, and wartime civil liberties, this book manages to be both comprehensive and succinct.”—Michael Vorenberg, author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment


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Brian Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas, where he was fortunate to have studied under the tutelage of pre-eminent Civil War and Lincoln scholar Philip S. Paludan. His first book, "Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865," was based on his dissertation, offering a comparative analysis of the two Civil War presidents' lives and careers.

He has since focused most of his attention on Abraham Lincoln. He edited and contributed to a collection of essays entitled "Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race." In 2007 he published "Lincoln the Lawyer," an overview of Lincoln's legal career. "Lincoln the Lawyer" was awarded the Benjamin Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable for the best book published on Abraham Lincoln in 2007. In 2012 he published "Lincoln and the Constitution," as part of the Concise Lincoln Library Series, and "Lincoln and White America," an analysis of Lincoln's views concerning white supremacy and racism.

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