Civil War Talk Radio: April 15, 2005

by Brett Schulte on April 15, 2005 · 0 comments

Air Date: 041505
Subject: Frank J. Williams: Judging History
Book: Judging Lincoln
Guest: Chief Justice (of the Rhode Island Supreme Court) and Lincoln expert Frank J. Williams

Summary: Frank J. Williams is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and author of Judging Lincoln.

Brett’s Summary: Frank Williams covers two related topics which are very familiar for him, Lincoln and the law.  One of the main discussions centers around Lincoln and his decision to suspend the writ of Habeas Corpus.  Williams believes the Constitution meant for Congress to authorize the suspension of Habeas Corpus, but that Lincoln took matters into his own hands in what was admittedly a desperate situation for the United States.  Both Frank Williams and Gerry Prokopowicz are members of The Lincoln Forum, a group which gets together annually every November in Gettysburg.  Their discussion of this group was interesting and is worth a listen.

Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public Historians such as park rangers and museum curators,wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.

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