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Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers (Paperback)

Author:  James F. Simon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0743250338
ISBN-13: 9780743250337
Sku: 204476312
Publish Date: 11/20/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  336
Age Range:  NA
 
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Traces the clashes between the sixteenth president and his Chief Justice, profiling their disparate views about African-American rights, the South's legal ability to secede, and presidential constitutional powers during wartime.Traces the political and personal clashes between the sixteenth president and his Chief Justice, profiling their disparate views about African-American rights, the South's legal ability to secede, and presidential constitutional powers during wartime. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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This insightful, and accessible, account of the dramatic rivalry between President Lincoln and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Brooke Taney provides a window on a lesser-known Civil War battleground, Washington, D.C. Taney's decades-long service as Chief Justice, which began in the 1830s, was marked by clever decisions on commerce, but is remembered most for the 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford. The pro-South, pro-slavery Taney and the anti-slavery Lincoln soon became enemies, and James Simon makes clear that their disagreements had both legalistic and rancorously personal elements. As Lincoln pushed the limits of presidential power during wartime, Taney worked assiduously to counter many of his actions through the court. Simon makes both history and law come alive, showing that the decidedly uncivil war between these two figures had profound repercussions, both in their time and after.

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"Simon's focus on Lincoln and Taney makes for a dramatic, charged narrative-and the focus on presidential war powers makes this historical study extremely timely." 09/04/2006

"[A] forceful reminder that the Civil War was more than a conflict of soldiers and that, under the rule of law, the decisions of courts could make fully as much difference--and be fully as much of a struggle--as the results of battles." - Allen C. Guelzo 11/21/2006

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Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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