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Author McKirdy, Charles Robert, 1943-

Title Lincoln apostate : the Matson slave case / Charles R. McKirdy
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2011


Description 1 online resource (ix, 171 pages)
Contents A dark canvas -- The initial hearing -- The lawyers Lincoln -- The lawyers Ficklin, Constable, and Linder -- The law -- The trial -- The coils of friendship
Summary In 1847, Abraham Lincoln represented a Kentucky slave owner named Robert Matson in his attempt to recover a runaway slave woman and her four children. His involvement in the case has challenged most followers of the 'Great Emancipator'. In many assessments, the case inspires rationalisations and distortions; in others, avoidance and denial. This book digs behind the myths and evasions to determine why Lincoln chose to advocate property rights grounded in a system that he claimed to abhor, and pursue the continued enslavement of five of its most vulnerable and sympathetic victims
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Bryant, Jane -- Trials, litigation, etc
Matson, Robert, 1796-1859 -- Trials, litigation, etc
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Career in law
Bryant, Jane
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Matson, Robert, 1796-1859
Slavery -- Illinois -- Coles County -- Legal status of slaves in free states -- Cases
Habeas corpus -- Illinois -- Coles County -- Cases
HISTORY -- United States -- 19th Century.
Habeas corpus
Slavery -- Legal status of enslaved persons in free states
Illinois -- Coles County
Genre/Form Trials, litigation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010038782
ISBN 9781604739879