31 - LPK Holt HIUS 309 The Civil War and the Nationalization of Power Lincoln did show a firm hand in dealing with dissent during the war those

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LPK Holt HIUS 309 January 31, 2008 The Civil W ar and the Nationalization of Power: Lincoln did show a firm hand in dealing with dissent during the war – those arrested under the suspension of habeas corpus were usually not arrested for dissenting political opinions Many De m ocratic newspapers vilified Lincoln without punishment One of the major weaknesses of the North was the inability to censure newspapers Lincoln refused to use much of the power he already had and was ineffectual in those powers that he did use Lincoln never proposed legislation except for emancipation Lincoln vetoed twice and used the pocket veto 4 times National Banking Act – Sa m uel Chase’s idea Lincoln was not a strong leader of the legislature Jefferson Davis set a precedent for 20 th century presidents who were strong legislative leaders Lincoln’s cabinet me m b ers complained that meetings were a farce Lincoln used his wartime powers as executive chief to the fullest From the 1830s to 1856 Lincoln was an ardent W hig – foundation of this party was opposition to a strong president – Congress should have the power to enact laws without the consent of the President W higs might allow extension of wartime powers – they did oppose Polk’s use of power during the Mexican W ar and the war itself doesn’t explain Lincoln’s behavior Lincoln set no precedent for most peace-time presidents after him (except Andrew Jackson) – the war was not a turning point in presidential power 1866 – Supreme Court ruled that it was outrageous to try civilians in
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIUS 309 taught by Professor Holt during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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31 - LPK Holt HIUS 309 The Civil War and the Nationalization of Power Lincoln did show a firm hand in dealing with dissent during the war those

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