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The Proclamation as a Weapon of War

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/9780813124636.003.0009
The Proclamation as a Weapon of War

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This chapter discusses the final form of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was based on two of the belligerent rights of the government under the law of war. It relied on the right to seize and destroy enemy property for reasons of military necessity, and on the right to seek allies through promising liberty to an oppressed people.

Keywords: final form; Emancipation Proclamation; belligerent rights; government; law of war; enemy property; military necessity

Chapter.  6243 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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