All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Law - 272 pages
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In All the Laws but One, William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, provides an insightful and fascinating account of the history of civil liberties during wartime and illuminates the cases where presidents have suspended the law in the name of national security.

Abraham Lincoln, champion of freedom and the rights of man, suspended the writ of habeas corpus early in the Civil War--later in the war he also imposed limits upon freedom of speech and the press and demanded that political criminals be tried in military courts. During World War II, the government forced 100,000 U.S. residents of Japanese descent, including many citizens, into detainment camps. Through these and other incidents Chief Justice Rehnquist brilliantly probes the issues at stake in the balance between the national interest and personal freedoms. With All the Laws but One he significantly enlarges our understanding of how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution during past periods of national crisis--and draws guidelines for how it should do so in the future.

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Review: All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime

User Review  - Jacob Lines - Goodreads

“Are all the laws, but one, to go unexecuted, and the government itself to do to pieces, lest that one be violated?” So asked Lincoln near the beginning of the Civil War. This is the question that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chad - Goodreads

A good book for those interested in law or in the the Lincoln administration's suspension of habeas corpus. Read full review


Title Page Dedication Epigraph Acknowledgments
Mr Lincoln Goes to Washington
Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus
Taney Rebukes Lincoln
Seward and Stanton
Burnside and Vallandigham
Copperheads in the Heartland
The Indianapolis Treason Trials
David Davis and the Supreme Court
The Arguments in the Milligan Case
The Milligan Decision
Lincoln Is Assassinated
Confederates in Canada

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William H. Rehnquist is Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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