In two chapters on the courts, Neely shows, among other things, how a nationalist application of Ableman v.
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Booth , an Supreme Court case that authorized federal officials to seize fugitive slaves from state authorities, limited the power of state courts to grant the release of underage soldiers arrested for desertion by military officials. In decisions ranging from the Supreme Court Prize Cases , which upheld the authority of the government to capture merchant vessels by means of a naval blockade or the New York Court of Appeals ruling in Metropolitan Bank v.
Neely draws heavily upon two underused sources, political pamphlets on [End Page ] constitutional subjects and state-court cases that addressed national issues, as the foundation for his study. He also incorporates dozens of newspapers to provide context for these constitutional debates and to gauge popular opinion on contested issues.
In addition to the five excellent chapters on the U.
Constitution, Neely includes three chapters on the Confederate Constitution, distinguishing Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation as the first book to examine both constitutions. The results of this comparison might surprise some readers.
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While it explicitly protected slavery, the Confederate Constitution very nearly copied the U. Subsidiary Rights Information. Media Inquiries.
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