Constitutionalism in the Approach and Aftermath of the Civil War by Paul D. MorenoConstitutionalism in the Approach and Aftermath of the Civil War by Paul D. Moreno

Constitutionalism in the Approach and Aftermath of the Civil War

EditorPaul D. Moreno, Johnathan O'neill

Hardcover | August 1, 2013

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The irreducibly constitutional nature of the Civil War's prelude and legacy is the focus of this absorbing collection of nine essays by a diversity of political theorists and historians. The contributors examine key constitutional developments leading up to the war, the crucial role of Abraham Lincoln's statesmanship, and how the constitutional aspects of the war and Reconstruction endured in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This thoughtful, informative volume covers a wide range of topics: from George Washington's conception of the Union and his fears for its future to Martin Van Buren's state-centered, anti-secessionist federalism; from Lincoln's approach to citizenship for African Americans to Woodrow Wilson's attempt to appropriate Lincoln for the goals of Progressivism. Each essay zeroes in on the constitutional causes or consequences of the war and emphasizes how constitutional principles shape political activity. Accordingly, important figures, disputes, and judicial decisions are placed within the broader context of the constitutional system to explain how ideas and institutions, independently and in dialogue with the courts, have oriented political action and shaped events over time.
Paul D. Moreno is the William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College. Johnathan O'Neill is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Georgia Southern University.
Title:Constitutionalism in the Approach and Aftermath of the Civil WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823251942

ISBN - 13:9780823251940


Editorial Reviews

The Civil War has not usually been studied as a constitutional conflict. Yet it was a constitutional struggle, fully as much as a military one, from the first clangor of secession to the postwar controversies over confiscation, treason, and military tribunals. And on any of those points, it was a war which could be lost as easily by the change of one vote on the Supreme Court as it could by one change of outcome in a battle.These issues have been given a new life by the way they have resurfaced in the War on Terror, and this masterful collection of essays not onloy illuminates them with never-before-seen historical research, but skilfully links the constitutionalism of the Civil War era with modern debates and concepts of the Constitution.