The Emancipation Proclamation Of The United States Essay

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Beginning in 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation became effective. It was a presidential proclamation issued under Abraham Lincoln that had the goal of “practically restoring the constitutional relation between the United States”. One of the main goals was the succession of the southern states back into the United States. Another was freeing the slaves. He mentioned how he would use all of his power as president to achieve these goals.This demonstrated the President’s executive war powers. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Lincoln had long struggled with slavery and viewed it as wrong and immoral. He had no power to do anything about it without the approval of congress though. During the civil war, he was able to issue the Proclamation under his power as commander in chief. The south had their slaves digging trenches and working in hospitals, among other things to help the south 's war effort. Using his power and saying by freeing slaves he would weaken the rebellion against the Union, he was able to issue the proclamation. At first there was little Lincoln could do against slavery, as it was protected by constitutional rights. As long as the confederate states were still considered a part of the union, as Lincoln insisted, it would be an infringement on their constitutional rights to do anything against slavery. Another large reason that held Lincoln back was the fact that there were still 4 slave states in the North. Delaware,…

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