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Lincoln's Constitution 1st Edition
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Authoritative, up-to-date and balanced, "Lincoln's Constitution" is an essential supplement to J.G. Randall's classic (but now dated) "Constitutional Problems Under Lincoln."
To supplement this, I'd recommend James Oakes's two works, The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War and Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, which goes into more detail about the general Republican views about what the federal government could do about slavery in peace and war. But Farber covers many issues not dealt with in those books, and does a generally very good job.
A) On Lincoln and/or the Civil War:
1) "Lincoln: a biography" by Benjamin P. Thomas (a classical biography, written more than half a century ago which has passed the test of time with brilliant qualifications);
2) "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era" by James M. McPherson (nowadays the standard, very readable, one-volume history of US Civil War); and
3) "Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism" by Geoffrey R. Stone, specially chapter II "The Civil War: Mr. Lincoln's First Amendment" (in fact, all the book is worth-reading);
B) Dealing with constitutional and political ideas:
4) "Constitutional History of the American Revolution" by John Phillip Reid;
5) "America's Constitution: A Biography" by Akhil Reed Amar; and
6) "Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote The Federalist, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World" by Michael Meyerson.
C) Other books chosen with a historically impressionistic approach:
7) "The Death Penalty" by Stuart Banner;
8) "The Churching Of America, 1776-2005: Winners And Losers In Our Religious Economy" by Roger Finke and Rodney Stark; and
9) "American Colonies. The settling of North America" by Alan Taylor.
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I was looking for an objective account of the impact - permanent and temporary damage to the Constitution that Lincoln caused while executing the Civil War and possibly how things... Read morePublished 19 months ago by RuggedShark
My wife liked it. It was for a class that she was taking and she had good things to say about it.Published on May 13, 2013 by Ricardo Alonso Jr.
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REad this book. It will make you realize that some President's have gone much farther in their goal to make America safe and protect the Constitution. Read morePublished on July 11, 2007 by William Christman