Fire in the Rear: An Assessment of Copperhead Influence and the Forfeiture of Civil Liberties

dc.contributorO'Connell, Aaron
dc.contributorForgie, George
dc.creatorMonsour, John Tucker
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-06T17:46:59Z
dc.date.available2021-01-06T17:46:59Z
dc.date.issued2019-12
dc.description.abstractThe Civil War's unique circumstances granted President Abraham Lincoln unprecedented powers when it came to persecuting the war; however, these increased powers for the president came at the expense of Americans’ civil liberties. During the war, those who criticized the government could be tried for treason, and those accused of this crime were not tried in civilian courts, but in military tribunals. This paper will focus on how these unchecked powers led to a situation where minority factions like the Copperheads could be tried not out of military necessity, but for political expedience. In looking at the cases brought against notable Copperheads Clement Vallandigham and Lambdin Milligan, it becomes apparent these men and their actions posed little threat to the war’s prosecution. This unfortunate forfeiture of civil liberties sets a poor precedent for maintaining these rights when the nation is at war.en_US
dc.description.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/84146
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/11136
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPlan II Honors Theses - Openly Availableen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectCivil Waren_US
dc.subjectCopperheadsen_US
dc.subjectCivil Libertiesen_US
dc.subjectFreedom of Speechen_US
dc.subjectVallandighamen_US
dc.subjectMilliganen_US
dc.subjectLincolnen_US
dc.subjectSupreme Courten_US
dc.titleFire in the Rear: An Assessment of Copperhead Influence and the Forfeiture of Civil Libertiesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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