Planting the Seed: Charles Sumner and John Quincy Adams

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:
Planting the Seed: Charles Sumner and John Quincy Adams

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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

Chapter.  7633 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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