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ISBN

9781108415521

Price

$29.99

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Abstract

The tension between strict legalism and practical politics was perfectly illustrated in the treatment of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Cynthia Nicoletti holds both the J.D. and the Ph. D. and the present work demonstrates her facility in both law and political history. She rightly treats the prosecution of Davis as a story rather than a legal treatise, bringing alive the people and the problems on both sides of the case. Davis’s trial was supposed to be the test case of the legality of secession, but he was never actually tried.

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