Date of Award

12-5-2006

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Thesis

Department

History

Abstract

The Constitutional rights of freedom of the press and to a speedy trial by a jury of one's peers are considered by many to be crucial aspects of American society which the government is bound by law to respect. However, during some of the nation's greatest crises and emergencies these liberties have been limited or even suspended. During the Civil War, these rights were restricted throughout the north by the federal government in an effort to maintain control over the part of the nation which remained in the Union. Riots over the draft policy and published criticism of the war made it harder for President Lincoln to gather the support of the citizenry he needed to pursue the war in the manner he felt was necessary to be victorious. Too much resistance in the north was seen as dangerous to the war effort.

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