The Body of John Merryman: Abraham Lincoln and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus
In April 1861, President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus along the military line between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. This allowed army officers to arrest and indefinitely detain persons who were interfering with military operations in the area. When John Merryman, a wealthy Marylander suspected of burning bridges to prevent the passage of U.S. t...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 5th 2011 by Harvard University Press
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Just came across interesting review in Roanoke Times in which reviewer draws some parallels to today, though he doesn't make it clear if the author does so as well. Still, I always enjoy historical accounts that "complicate" mythologized views of famous figures, like Lincoln, not for purpose of discrediting them but to show how we need to resist viewing history in simplistic terms.