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Lincoln, Habeas Corpus and the Suspension of Civil Liberties During the Civil War: Habeas Corpus & Civil Liberties During the Civil War

This guide is designed to complement “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition held at the Pace Law Library between March 5 - April 11, 2012.

U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 2

Article. I, Section. 9.
Clause 2: The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

Habeas Corpus Defined

Habeas corpus is defined as "A writ employed to bring a person before a Court, most frequently to ensure that the person's imprisonment or detention is not illegal.

Black's Law Dictionary 778 (9th ed. 2009).

Civil Liberties TimeLine During the Civil War

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
--April 6, 1859 Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Henry Pierce et al.

The Timeline below is best viewed in 6 month intervals, please be patient while is loads.