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Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracyby Fletcher, George P.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Retail Price: $25.00 hardcover
Issue: Summer 2001
"The original motive for resisting Southern secession was preserving the Union," George P. Fletcher contends in this study. Te resulting and final idea was the abolition of slavery and reinvent the United States on the basis of a new set of principles. He credits Lincoln with advancing a "new constitutional order" that favored equality and popular democracy.