The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties

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Michael Musick, of the National Archives, made this book possible by locating the arrest records on which it is based. William Gienapp, now of Harvard University, gave me my first opportunity to discuss the subject in a public forum back in 1981. Eight years later, he gave the manuscript a careful and astute reading. John Y. Simon, editor of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, also read the manuscript with care and offered useful suggestions. Sarah McNair Vosmeier and Matthew N. Vosmeier, now graduate students at Indiana University, between them, read one thousand of the cases on which the book is based. We have had numerous conversations on the subject that benefited me a great deal. Sarah also read the final manuscript. Frank J. Williams, president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, read the manuscript closely, and my frequent co-author, Harold Holzer, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, offered his usual good advice. David H. Donald granted me permission to use the J. G. Randall Papers. Robert J. Chandler, of the Wells Fargo Bank's Historical Department; Richard N. Current, now of South Natick, Massachusetts; and Don E. Fehrenbacher, professor emeritus at Stanford University, offered encouragement and read parts of the manuscript.*

Sylvia E. Neely read it all, over and over again, offering ten years of unstinting encouragement, clever advice, and genuine understanding.

M. E.N., Jr.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

February 1990

I have rendered quotations as they appeared in the original sources with the occasional exceptions of terminal punctuation, initial capitalization, and the variant texts of Gideon Welles's diary, as edited by Howard K Beale. Changes are for the sake of readability alone.


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