1. Creator/Author:
  2. McGinty, Brian. (2)

The body of John Merryman : Abraham Lincoln and the suspension of habeas corpus /

Other Title:
Abraham Lincoln and the suspension of habeas corpus
McGinty, Brian.
Item ID:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
9780674061552; 0674061551
Call Number:
KF223.M48 M38 2011
Physical Description:
253 p., [10] p. of plates : ill., facsim., ports. ; 22 cm.
War and emergency powers -- United States.
Habeas corpus -- United States.
Merryman, John, 1824-1881 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
United States. Supreme Court.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-242) and index.; The challenge -- Conflicted ground -- The squire of Hayfields -- The writ and the suspension -- All the laws but one -- Weighing in -- The courts -- A gentleman still -- The great tribunal.; "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. troops to Washington, was detained in Fort McHenry, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Roger Taney, declared the suspension of habeas corpus unconstitutional and demanded Merryman's immediate release. Lincoln defied Taney's order, offering his own forceful counter-argument for the constitutionality of his actions. Thus the stage was set for one of the most dramatic personal and legal confrontations the country has ever witnessed. The Body of John Merryman is the first book-length examination of this much-misunderstood chapter in American history"--Provided by publisher.
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Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Available for Viewing:
By appointment only
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