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Lincoln and the Court

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In this account of Lincoln's relationship with the nation's highest tribunal, the author shows how it was the wartime president's vision of a permanent Union of one people united by a 'supreme law' that managed to preserve America, and its constitution, for future generations.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Harvard University Press
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Nolan
May 26, 2013 Nolan rated it really liked it
When we think of the Civil War, we usually think of it in terms of lives lost and property destroyed. But what about the battles fought in the relatively quiet, sedate places where there were neither bullets nor guns? Those are the battles this book focuses on--the ones waged by Lincoln with the justices of the supreme court.

This isn't something you'll want to pick up and skim through. It will require some concentrated effort, but the rewards are significant. You'll learn about the lives and min
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Don
May 24, 2014 Don rated it really liked it
Even if you think you have little interest in the subject, I would encourage you to give this one a try. It looks at Lincoln's relationship with the court from a variety of perspectives: the legal issues of the day, how Lincoln thought about the law, the justices he appointed to the Supreme Court, etc. It's well worth your consideration.
Ed
Dec 07, 2009 Ed rated it liked it
A lucid description of some important cases Lincoln fought before the Supreme Court. It seems there was not enough material on this for a whole book, so the author filled the book with biographical descriptions of judges and other bits of local color. While some of this is of interest from a social history point of view, it slows the narrative down and distracts from focus of the book.
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