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

Author: Brian McGinty
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
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"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  Read more...
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Named Person: John Merryman; John Merryman; Abraham Lincoln; John Merryman; Roger Brooke Taney; Abraham Lincoln; John Merryman; Roger Brooke Taney
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian McGinty
ISBN: 9780674061552 0674061551
OCLC Number: 709576087
Description: 253 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Brian McGinty.

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When Chief Justice Taney declared Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus unconstitutional and demanded the release of John Merryman, Lincoln defied the order, offering a forceful counter-argument for  Read more...

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