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Introduction

Burrus M. Carnahan

in Act of Justice

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124636
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134871 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124636.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter discusses briefly Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. It looks at some questions that will be answered in the following chapters, and looks at the consequences of Lincoln's decision to rely on the law of war as a source of executive power. It further notes the irony that the same legal theory that has deprived hundreds of Guantanamo prisoners their freedom was the same theory used by Abraham Lincoln to free thousands of enslaved Americans.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Emancipation Proclamation; consequences; law of war; executive power; Guantanamo prisoners; legal theory

Chapter.  826 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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