Slavery could not be freed in the United States without a Civil War because of something called "judicial review". Judicial review began in English government under the Stuart kings, James I, Charles I, Charles II, and James II, who did not like Parliament and encouraged English courts to overturn acts of Parliament. This practice was stopped in England when William and Mary deposed James II and forbade any further interference with Parliament by English courts, opening the way for abolition of slavery by a vote of Parliament in 1834. In the United States the practice hung around in colonial government and later in state governments, first showing itself in federal government in 1803 in the Supreme Court case, Marbury v. Madison.
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been a box-office hit and nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed our 16th president. I haven't seen the movie; therefore, this column is not about the movie but about a man deified by many. My colleague Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, exposed some of the Lincoln myth in his 2006 book, "Lincoln Unmasked." Now comes Joseph Fallon, cultural intelligence analyst and former U.S. Army Intelligence Center instructor, with his new e-book, "Lincoln Uncensored." Fallon's book examines 10 volumes of collected writings and...
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