Act of Justice: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War

Act of Justice: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War

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In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln declared that as president he would "have no lawful right" to interfere with the institution of slavery. Yet less than two years later, he issued a proclamation intended to free all slaves throughout the Confederate states. When critics challenged the constitutional soundness of the act, Lincoln asserted that he was endowed "with the law of war in time of war." In Act of Justice, Burrus M. Carnahan contends Lincoln… (more)

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Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (September 21, 2007)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 212 pages

File size: 3.1 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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