James G. Randall, Constitutional Problems Under Lincoln, 2nd Ed.


The Revised Edition is the Best!

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James G. Randall, mid-Twentieth Century dean of Lincoln studies, wrote and revised Constitutional Problems Under Lincoln over twenty-five years. The 1951 edition is considered the best, and the work still stands as a seminal study of how Abraham Lincoln navigated the Constitutional crises brought on by the Civil War.

Randall shows how Lincoln wrestled with the legality of the Emancipation Proclamation; how he handled the problem on conscientious objectors; how he used presidential powers to enact conscription; how he reached his decisions in his controversial handling of Habeas Corpus.

Answering the questions Randall had to consider required years of thought and revision. That is why this scarce revision of his analysis remains essential to understanding Lincoln’s presidency.

Very good; two very small tears at bottom of dj, toned. Very scarce in dust jacket!

Randall, J.G. CONSTITUTIONAL PROBLEMS UNDER LINCOLN. Urbana: The University of Illinois Press, 1951. 2nd edition, revised; 596p.