Abraham Lincoln, constitutionalism, and equal rights in the by Herman Belz

By Herman Belz

This notable portrait of Abraham Lincoln present in this publication is drawn fullyyt from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It finds a extra significantly beleaguered, much less godlike, and at last a richer Lincoln than has come via some of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his demise. to people who are everyday basically with some of the retouchedversions of Lincoln's lifestyles, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait can be a welcome-if occasionally surprising-addition to the literature surrounding the guy who's might be the imperative determine in all of yank heritage. The brutality, certainly that malignancy of a few of the therapy Lincoln obtained by the hands of the clicking may perhaps surprise these readers who think the second one half the 20th century has a monopoly at the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and readability he did lower than the barrage of such assaults can purely increase his stature as one of many nice political leaders of any state at any time.

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14 Moreover, the Civil War could be viewed as an authentic revolutionary experience in which the slaves emancipated themselves. 15 As the affirmative action phase of the civil rights revolution progressed, the Civil War came to be seen as a total war, the first such event in modern history. A people's contest requiring the full mobilization of society and economy, it was an ideological struggle revolving around slavery which fulfilled the abolitionist goal of a human rights revolution. 17 The corollary of this development was that the original Constitution, because it sanctioned slavery as a form of property, was judged to be corrupt.

McPherson, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, pp. 32, 41-42. Page 13 cipation and the postwar prohibition of slavery did not revolutionize the constitutional system. Civil rights law and policy that emerged during the Civil War, and was given permanent shape during Reconstruction, signified a nonrevolutionary extension to black persons of guarantees of liberty and equality contained in the original Constitution. The establishment of national civil rights policy involved the extension of concepts of liberty and equality in the original Constitution that were in principle racially neutral, although limited in their practical application by prudential considerations and competition for power between the states in the federal system.

Robert J. Kaczorowski, "To Begin the Nation Anew: Congress, Citizenship, and Civil Rights After the Civil War," American Historical Review, 92 (1987), 45-68. 15. , Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992). 16. Eric T. , "Rethinking the Civil War: Beyond 'Revolutions,' 'Reconstructions,' and the 'New Social History,"' Southern Historian, 15 (1994), 28-50. 17. David A. J. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1991). Page 9 of liberty and property.

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