Lincoln’s Constitution by author and historian Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, among other honours, is his history of constitutional law issues related to the US Civil War, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the University of Chicago Press.
This is an accessibly-written history cum analysis of how the titular president dealt with constitutional issues arising from the US Civil War, placing them into their historical context with the assorted events and political pressures surrounding Lincoln’s decisions, and extrapolating the lessons to be learned in their applicability to current interpretations of the law today (as of circa 2003, when this was originally published).
Offered worldwide throughout the month of March, available directly from the publisher.
Free for a limited time, available worldwide as the Free Book of the Month selection for March @ the university’s dedicated promo page (ADE-DRM PDF available worldwide in exchange for your valid email address, approx 1.3 mb), and you can read more about the book on its regular catalogue page.
If you are interested, there’s also an interview with the author about this book over at the UCP website.
In Lincoln’s Constitution Daniel Farber leads the reader to understand exactly how Abraham Lincoln faced the inevitable constitutional issues brought on by the Civil War. Examining what arguments Lincoln made in defense of his actions and how his words and deeds fit into the context of the times, Farber illuminates Lincoln’s actions by placing them squarely within their historical moment.
The answers here are crucial not only for a better understanding of the Civil War but also for shedding light on issues-state sovereignty, presidential power, and limitations on civil liberties in the name of national security-that continue to test the limits of constitutional law even today.