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Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney - Slavery, Seccession and the President's War Powers

James F. Simon

The clashes between President Abraham Lincoln and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney over slavery, secession, and Lincoln's constitutional war powers went to the heart of Lincoln's presidency. Lincoln and Taney's bitter disagreements began with Taney's Dred Scott opinion in 1857, when the Chief Justice declared that the Constitution did not grant the black man any rights that the white man was bound to honor. Lincoln attacked the opinion as a warped judicial interperatation of the Framers' intent and accused Taney of being a member of a pro-slavery national conspiracy. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln insisted that the South had no legal right to secede. Taney, who administered the oath of office to Lincoln, believed that the South's seccession was legal and in the best interests of both sections of the country. Once the war began, Lincoln broadly interpreted his constitutional powers as commander in chief to prosecute the war, suspending habeas corpus, censoring the press, and allowing military courts to try civilians for treason. Taney vociferously disagreed, accusing Lincoln of assuming dictatorial powers in violation of the Constitution. Lincoln ignored Taney's protests, and exercised his presidential authority fearlessly, determined that he would preserve the Union. James F. Simon skillfully brings to life this compelling story of the momentous tug-of-war between the President and the Chief Justice during the worst crisis in the nation's history. "...taut and gripping...a dramatic, charged narrative."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The clashes between President Abraham Lincoln and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney over slavery, secession, and Lincoln's constitutional war powers went to the heart of Lincoln's presidency. Lincoln and Taney's bitter disagreements began with Taney's Dred Scott opinion in 1857, when the Chief Justice declared that the Constitution did not grant the black man any rights that the white man was bound to honor. Lincoln attacked the opinion as a warped judicial interperatation of the Framers' intent and accused Taney of being a member of a pro-slavery national conspiracy. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln insisted that the South had no legal right to secede. Taney, who administered the oath of office to Lincoln, believed that the South's seccession was legal and in the best interests of both sections of the country. Once the war began, Lincoln broadly interpreted his constitutional powers as commander in chief to prosecute the war, suspending habeas corpus, censoring the press, and allowing military courts to try civilians for treason. Taney vociferously disagreed, accusing Lincoln of assuming dictatorial powers in violation of the Constitution. Lincoln ignored Taney's protests, and exercised his presidential authority fearlessly, determined that he would preserve the Union. James F. Simon skillfully brings to life this compelling story of the momentous tug-of-war between the President and the Chief Justice during the worst crisis in the nation's history. "...taut and gripping...a dramatic, charged narrative."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Genres:

History

Description:

The clashes between President Abraham Lincoln and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney over slavery, secession, and Lincoln's constitutional war powers went to the heart of Lincoln's presidency. Lincoln and Taney's bitter disagreements began with Taney's Dred Scott opinion in 1857, when the Chief Justice declared that the Constitution did not grant the black man any rights that the white man was bound to honor. Lincoln attacked the opinion as a warped judicial interperatation of the Framers' intent and accused Taney of being a member of a pro-slavery national conspiracy. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln insisted that the South had no legal right to secede. Taney, who administered the oath of office to Lincoln, believed that the South's seccession was legal and in the best interests of both sections of the country. Once the war began, Lincoln broadly interpreted his constitutional powers as commander in chief to prosecute the war, suspending habeas corpus, censoring the press, and allowing military courts to try civilians for treason. Taney vociferously disagreed, accusing Lincoln of assuming dictatorial powers in violation of the Constitution. Lincoln ignored Taney's protests, and exercised his presidential authority fearlessly, determined that he would preserve the Union. James F. Simon skillfully brings to life this compelling story of the momentous tug-of-war between the President and the Chief Justice during the worst crisis in the nation's history. "...taut and gripping...a dramatic, charged narrative."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Allen

Length:

11h 28m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:46


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:55


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:48


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:54


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:49


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:58


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:53


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:51


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:57


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:48


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:23


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:56


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:58


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:08


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:11


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:56


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:00


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:53


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:49


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:57


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:48


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:53


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:55


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:46


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:00


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:07


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:49


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:55


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:49


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:54


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:56


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:58


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:56


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:44


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:53


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:57


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:48


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:01


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:52


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:47


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:49


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:47


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:50


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:53


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:59


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:45


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:00


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:50


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:45


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:49


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:51


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:52


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:53


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:06


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:45