Show Summary Details
Page of

date: 16 October 2021

p. 886. Law: 1866–1876locked

p. 886. Law: 1866–1876locked

  • Allen C. Guelzo

Abstract

So much of Reconstruction is understood as a struggle over race, politics, and the nature of state sovereignty within a federal system that not enough attention is paid to how it was also a constitutional struggle between the branches of the federal government. ‘Law, 1866–876’ describes the key legal debates that were raised during the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and Ulysses S. Grant. The U.S. Constitution apportioned various federal responsibilities among the three federal branches—executive (the presidency), legislative (Congress), and judicial (the federal courts)—but it did not do so evenly or in the same detail.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.