Jailing Political Opponents: Abraham Lincoln and Habeas Corpus

Abraham Lincoln is known as “The Great Emancipator.” But not many people know that during the Civil War, he jailed as many as 2,000 political opponents without charges or trial. The story in this episode revolves around what happened in Baltimore, Maryland in 1861 and why it led to the Mayor, the Police Chief, the entire City Council and many more being jailed indefinitely in a suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus. Then we chat with entertainer Brandon Anderson and play the quick quiz!

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Sources for this episode:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-2001-11-27-0111270102-story.html

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-lincoln-suspends-the-writ-of-habeas-corpus-during-the-civil-war

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lincolns-suspension-of-habeas-corpus-is-challenged

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habeas_corpus

https://www.thoughtco.com/constitution-article-i-section-9-3322344

https://www.thoughtco.com/about-the-writ-of-habeas-corpus-3322391

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/habeas_corpus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_riot_of_1861


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJCacQkfXlc

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/interpretation/article-i/clauses/763


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