Book Review: Lincoln And Chief Justice Taney

Edge Induced Cohesion

Lincoln And Chief Justice Taney:  Slavery, Secession, And The President’s War Powers, by James F. Simon

This book is probably the most even-handed book that one can imagine that deals with the contentious and still-controversial aspects of slavery, secession, and the war powers of the presidency.  Although the author’s feelings about Chief Justice Taney are far more favorable than my own [1], the author manages to find a way to praise Lincoln for his restraint and point out the unprecedented circumstances he was up against as the president of the United States in the face of a massive rebellion against the legitimacy of his authority while also praising a corrupt border Southern aristocrat for his desire to preserve civil liberties even in the face of rebellion and civil war.  This is by no means an easy achievement, and the author deserves considerable credit for sticking close to his sources as…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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