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The Body of John Merryman: Abraham Lincoln and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus
In 1861, acting through his agents, Abraham Lincoln detained a Marylander named John Merryman (who had waged private war against the federal government), suspended the legal writ of habeas corpus that is ordinarily used to test the validity of detention in court, and then ignored a judicial judgment, issued by Chief Justice Roger Taney, that declared the suspension unconst ...more
Hardcover, 253 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.