Before the Civil War, the Constitution was best understood as a compromise pact between states that allowed the Union to form and function. As president, Abraham Lincoln deliberately and recurrently challenged well-understood constitutional norms in an effort to preserve the Union. Legal scholar Noah Feldman explores how Lincoln’s break from precedent recast the Constitution as a sacred embodiment of the nation’s highest ideals.
Noah Feldman is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America.
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