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Act of JusticeLincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War$
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Burrus M. Carnahan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124636

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124636.001.0001

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Planting the Seed: Charles Sumner and John Quincy Adams

Planting the Seed: Charles Sumner and John Quincy Adams

(p.4) (p.5) 1 Planting the Seed: Charles Sumner and John Quincy Adams
Act of Justice

Burrus M. Carnahan

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses where Abraham Lincoln got the idea of using the law of war as a way to gain executive power. It is shown that Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts urged the president to use his power as commander in chief of the armed forces under the Constitution to free the slaves in the rebellious states. At the same time, Orville Hickman Browning stated the necessity of emancipation. An anti-emancipation argument was also raised, although it was no more than pettifoggery.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, law of war, executive power, Senator Charles Sumner, Constitution, Orville Hickman Browning, emancipation, anti-emancipation argument

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