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No Trial By Jury With Lincoln

Brunner, Lisa C. (2009) No Trial By Jury With Lincoln. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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During the American Civil War, President Lincoln and his Administration suspended the right to a jury trial by suspending the writ of Habeas Corpus and using military commissions to try civilians. This study first explores the suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus. It then discusses 262 military commission cases, selected for comparative study. These cases took place between 1861 and 1866. The purpose of this study is to bring to light a little-known aspect of the Civil War, the use of military commissions to try civilians, for use as a tool in future studies, and show that the suspension of the right to a jury trial in the past connects to current issues involving suspended civil liberties.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brunner, Lisa C.lcb12@pitt.eduLCB12
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKarsten, Peterpjk2@pitt.eduPJK2
Committee MemberGreenwald, Maurinegreenwal@pitt.eduGREENWAL
Committee MemberFinkelman,
Committee MemberHall, Van Beck
Date: 7 December 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 November 2009
Approval Date: 7 December 2009
Submission Date: 3 December 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; civil liberties; Civil War; habeas corpus; military commissions; trial by jury
Other ID:, etd-12032009-150525
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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