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Habeas Corpus

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• Abraham Lincoln

Definition: Constitutional guarantee of a day in court for arrested persons. Lincoln suspended it during the Civil War in areas where Southern sympathizers were disrupting the Northern war effort.


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The Civil War
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Definition of Habeas Corpus
Simple definition of the difficult-sounding term.

Lincoln and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus
Examination of Lincoln's decision and its consequences.

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