All the laws but one : civil liberties in wartime

Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005

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  • Creator William H. Rehnquist
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Knopf, 1998.
  • Physical Details
    • xiii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780679446613, 0679446613
  • OCLC ocm38550385


  • "In 1861, with the survival of the United States in jeopardy, Abraham Lincoln - the Great Emancipator and champion of human freedom - responded to the national threat by suspending the writ of habeas corpus, a traditional bulwark of individual liberty. Lincoln's decision reveals in stark terms a conflict inherent in the practice of American democracy, and in this absorbing new study the Chief Justice of the United States examines the inevitable clash between the demands of a successful war effort and the compelling need to protect civil liberties." "Taking his title from Lincoln's speech before Congress defending his suspension of the writ, William H. Rehnquist relates in vivid detail how the exigencies of wartime have strained, threatened, and ultimately confirmed our most cherished civil liberties."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-239) and index.


  • 1. Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington -- 2. Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus -- 3. Taney Rebukes Lincoln -- 4. Seward and Stanton -- 5. Burnside and Vallandigham -- 6. Copperheads in the Heartland -- 7. The Indianapolis Treason Trials -- 8. David Davis and the Supreme Court -- 9. The Arguments in the Milligan Case -- 10. The Milligan Decision -- 11. Lincoln Is Assassinated -- 12. Confederates in Canada -- 13. Booth's Accomplices -- 14. World War I -- 15. World War II Japanese Internments -- 16. Postwar Criticism -- 17. Hawaii Under Martial Law -- 18. Inter Arma Silent Leges
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