Carnahan, Burrus M.

Act of Justice : Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War - Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2007. - 1 online resource (213 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Planting the Seed: Charles Sumner and John Quincy Adams; 2. The Supreme Court on Private Property and War; 3. Criminal Conspiracy or War?; 4. The Union Applies the Law of War; 5. The Law as a Weapon; 6. Congress Acts and the Confederacy Responds; 7. Military Necessity and Lincoln's Concept of the War; 8. The Proclamation as a Weapon of War; 9. The Conkling Letter; 10. A Radical Recognition of Freedom; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C; Appendix D; Appendix E; Appendix F; Notes; Index

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 was no reluctant emancipator; he wrote a truly radical document that treated Confederate slaves as an oppressed people rather

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