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Lincoln's Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President's Mission to Destroy the Press
 
 
Author
Jeffrey Manber & Neil Dahlstrom.
Publisher Sourcebooks  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781402207556
Pages/Publication Date 356/2005
Daedalus Item Code 30664
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In the sweltering summer of 1861, President Lincoln began ordering the shutdown of any Northern newspaper that voiced opposition to the war, note Neil Dahlstrom and Jeffrey Manber. Whether carried out by soldiers or by angry mobs, the authors contend, the effect was a dismantling of America's free press. Here they tell the story of John Hodgson, a bigoted newspaper publisher in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Hodgson was so reviled in town that a rival newspaper gleefully reported the thrashing he took in a bar fight. But when his press was physically attacked—first by a mob and then by U.S. Marshals "upon authority of the President"—Hodgson risked imprisonment or worse to take the United States to trial.

"In All the Laws but One, the late William Rehnquist examined the legal propriety of Lincoln's suspension of various constitutional liberties. This book tells the story of one such instance, the suppression of a Copperhead newspaper whose proprietor fought back in court. He was Pennsylvanian John Hodgson, whose Jeffersonian expounded on states' rights, white supremacy, and abominations of the Lincoln administration. Discoursing on the eastern Pennsylvania political players incensed by the Jeffersonian's secessionist sympathies, the authors introduce the local congressional representative who engineered the confiscation law under which Hodgson was muzzled. After vandals destroyed his press in 1861 and marshals barred him from the premises, Hodgson had his day in court, where federal officials testified they had acted on Lincoln's order. Vindicated by the jury, Hodgson impresses the authors—setting his views aside—with his irascible indomitability."—Booklist

 
 
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