"When Democracy Fell" is a meticulously researched historical investigation that unveils the constitutional crisis that besieged Maryland's citizens and government during the U.S. Civil War. There has been a significant void in recounting this pivotal period, with many historical occurrences left unexplored or misunderstood. This book serves to bridge that gap, revealing historical details that have been inadvertently or intentionally omitted from earlier works.
Within its pages, readers will encounter the federal attack plan against Baltimore, the deceptive campaign preceding the arrest of the Maryland legislature, and the measures the Maryland government took to show submission to the Federal Government. Also, the book unveils the real reasons why Judge Richard Bennett Carmichael was assaulted in his courtroom and subsequently imprisoned.
This account brings to light new information that challenges long-standing beliefs about Maryland's Civil War history, including why the federal government arrested and incarcerated the Maryland State Legislature. It explores how the concept of "loyalty" was shifted from the Constitution to the President, and the implications of labeling a citizen "disloyal."
In this compelling narrative, readers will observe how governmental policies initiated in Maryland were eventually implemented throughout the nation. The book offers an in-depth look into a war that significantly affected America's social, economic, and political landscape, providing an essential read for history buffs and those interested in the evolution of democracy.