The Civil War placed unprecedented — and to this day still unmatched — strain on the U.S. Constitution. Conflicts raged over civil liberties, executive power and the largest questions of nationhood. In this program, two eminent Civil War scholars illuminate how the U.S. Constitution not only survived its greatest test, but emerged stronger after the war, at a time when the nation’s very existence was threatened.
Mark E. Neely, Jr., is McCabe-Greer Professor of Civil War History at Pennsylvania State University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His latest book is Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War. Harold Holzer (moderator) is a winner of the National Humanities Medal and the author, coauthor or editor of 42 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His latest book is Emancipating Lincoln.
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