Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era

Author:   Herman Belz
Publisher:   Fordham University Press
Volume:   No. 2
ISBN:  

9780823217687


Pages:   265
Publication Date:   01 January 1997
Format:   Hardback
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Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era


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This striking portrait of Abraham Lincoln found in this book is drawn entirely from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It reveals a more severely beleaguered, less godlike, and finally a richer Lincoln than has come through many of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his death. To those who are familiar only with the various retouched versions of Lincoln's life, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait will be a welcome-if sometimes surprising-addition to the literature surrounding the man who is perhaps the central figure in all of American history. The brutality, indeed that malignancy of some of the treatment Lincoln received at the hands of the press may well shock those readers who believe the second half of the twentieth century has a monopoly on the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and clarity he did under the barrage of such attacks can only enhance his stature as one of the great political leaders of any nation at any time.

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Author:   Herman Belz
Publisher:   Fordham University Press
Imprint:   Fordham University Press
Volume:   No. 2
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.540kg
ISBN:  

9780823217687


ISBN 10:   082321768
Pages:   265
Publication Date:   01 January 1997
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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[A Press Portrait] . . . reminds us of the bitterness and tension of the Civil War years, and Mr. Mitgang's anthology helps us to see the wartime President as he appeared to his own generation. * -The New York Times Book Review * This anthology will be of value to all Lincoln collections and should attract the many persons who, for pleasure and profit read and reread Lincolniana. * -Library Journal * The American mind has long been divided over whether Abraham Lincoln was a tyrannical megalomaniac bent on trampling constitutional restraints to restore the Union and free the slaves or whether he was in fact a Henry Clay conservative Whig operating strictly within constitutional parameters. Two recent collections suggest persuasively that Lincoln was indeed operating carefully and very consciously within constitutional limits, albeit with a definite agenda to expand those limits (as Garry Wills and others have suggested), to embrace Jefferson's grander vision of human rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence. This volume of essays by Belz (Univ. of Maryland), an eminent Lincoln constitutional authority, explores in an intriguing interdisciplinary methodology Lincoln's constitutional orientation in prosecuting the war, freeing the slaves, and providing a blueprint for Reconstruction. Complements Think Anew, Act Anew: Abraham Lincoln on Slavery, Freedom, and Union (Ch, Jul'98), edited by noted Ulysses Grant and Civil War historian Brooks Simpson (Arizona State Univ.) Upper-division undergraduates and above * -Choice *


a[A Press Portrait] . . . reminds us of the bitterness and tension of the Civil War years, and Mr. Mitgangas anthology helps us to see the wartime President as he appeared to his own generation.a


Author Information

Herman Belz is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Maryland. He is the author of some fifty-six articles or chapters in books and nineteen essays, and he has served as consultant to the American Historical Association's Constitutional History in the Schools Project, National Endowment for the Humanities, Educational Testing Service, National Video Communications, Vision Associates, and the Carter Museum and Library. Professor Belz has won grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the American Bar Foundation for Legal History, among others. His first book was awarded the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association. He has served on numerous University of Maryland committees, was Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History, and was a member of the Campus Senate Executive Committee and a member of the Graduate Council. Professor Belz was a Visiting Research Scholar in the James Madison Program at Princeton University in the academic year 2001-2002 and was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities in 2005.

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