The Fate of Liberty Summary
Mark E. Neely, Jr.

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The Fate of Liberty Summary

The Fate of Liberty examines how Abraham Lincoln, his administration, and the military understand, practice, and justify the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and imposition of martial law during the Civil War. It concludes the practices are expedient in the context and provide no precedents for the future, should a similar crisis arise.

Lincoln is inaugurated Mar. 4, 1861. He is ill prepared to hold the union together, and advised that martial law cannot be...

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