Civil Liberties, Civil War

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Civil Liberties, Civil War During times of war or emergency, the principle salus populi est suprema lex reigns supreme. This is a Latin term whose meaning is that the welfare of an individual yields to that of the community. (Salus Populi Est Suprema Lex Definition:) The use of this term could justify extraordinary executive powers during extraordinary times, and Lincoln was justified in defending his actions against the antiwar Ohio Democratic congressman, Clement L. Vallandingham, as both constitutional and necessary.
Principles such as civil liberties may be subject to different treatment during times of war. President Lincoln wholeheartedly believed that the power he needed to deal with rebellion was part of the executive power found

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