The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America

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The Constitution is a living document that operated under a flawed compromise from its outset: the acceptance of slavery. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was facing a calamitous situation and brewing conflict. Southern states began seceding from the Union shortly after Lincoln’s election, fearing the president outlawing slavery. Lincoln believed that the newly christened “Confederacy” violated the Constitution with their rebellious acts. The seeds of this conflict had been growing as America grew, expansion leading to the re-settling of citizens and their property. Any imbalance between Free State and Slave State would rile up the other side. Abolition was not foremost in Lincoln’s mind, at least not initially. The state of war would change his thinking.

The Broken Constitution examines the tough position assumed by President Lincoln upon taking office. Author Noah Feldman posits Lincoln as a man whose views would evolve over time to embrace the idea of emancipation. In leading the country, Lincoln wrangled with the Constitution and its laws in attempting to preserve what he could of the country. His best intentions appearing to some as the actions of a tyrant. It is a thought-provoking read that will leave the reader mystified by the events that transpired.

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Author Noah Feldman
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date 02-Nov-2021
ISBN 9780374116644
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Issue November 2021
Category History