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Lincoln's Constitution 1st Edition

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In Lincoln's Constitution Daniel Farber leads the reader to understand exactly how Abraham Lincoln faced the inevitable constitutional issues brought on by the Civil War. Examining what arguments Lincoln made in defense of his actions and how his words and deeds fit into the context of the times, Farber illuminates Lincoln's actions by placing them squarely within their historical moment. The answers here are crucial not only for a better understanding of the Civil War but also for shedding light on issues-state sovereignty, presidential power, and limitations on civil liberties in the name of national security-that continue to test the limits of constitutional law even today.

About the Author

Daniel Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and the McKnight Presidential Professor of Public Law at the University of Minnesota. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including Eco-pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World and, with Suzanna Sherry, Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226237931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226237930
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Burrus M. Carnahan on June 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Lincoln's Constitution" first examines the Constitution as Lincoln found it at the beginning of his administration, with emphasis on state - federal relations, including the right of secession. Like most modern legal scholars, Prof. Faber clearly sides with Lincoln on this (and most other constitutional issues), but he is also careful to show that believers in states' rights and secession had good historical reasons for their views. With this background, the author then examines the Constitutional issues Lincoln faced in dealing with the unprecedented challenge of waging the Civil War. Here the focus shifts to presidential war powers and civil liberties in time of war. The author points out where Lincoln was right (in light of later precedents) and where he was wrong. Again, the views of both his supporters and his critics are fully examined. Finally, Faber clearly explains the relevance of all these issues for citizens of our own time.
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."
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Mr. Farber takes the reader on a trip of background material to help a person learn about the 16th president. He discusses the events before the events. The reader will understand why Lincoln took certain actions that maybe considered unconstitutional for the nation's good. Farber helped me(B.A. in American History and teacher of 35 years in Social Studies) get a better understanding of Lincoln's action.
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As Donald Farber notes, the Civil War posed large constitutional dilemmas.Just how should the attempted secession be viewed, constitutionally? If it is thought illegal, just what power, if any, did the federal government have to resist it? Farber spells out Lincoln's views on these issues clearly. I can't see it convincing anyone that believes the Confederacy was constitutionally in the right, but it does explain why Lincoln disagreed. E.g., Farber makes clear that Lincoln thought he already had the legal authority to suspend habeus corpus in Maryland during the early months of the Civil War, as a result of the militia acts and the legal power to impose martial law in areas of actual combat. He also shows that while this case might be disputed, it is not flimsy by any honest standard.

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.
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Excellent. I really liked the linkage between Calhoun's constitutional analysis and that of Clarence Thomas
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Extremely informative. Had information not contained in other publications
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There are already several good reviews on this book, so I will only suggest reading the following books on the USA in addition to Farber's:

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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