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Military Necessity and Lincoln’s Concept of the War

Military Necessity and Lincoln’s Concept of the War

Chapter:
(p.93) 7 Military Necessity and Lincoln’s Concept of the War
Source:
Act of Justice
Author(s):
Burrus M. Carnahan
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124636.003.0008

This chapter discusses Lincoln's use of the emancipation weapon and the restrained response of the South to the First Confiscation Act, which was mentioned in the previous chapter. It also highlights the military necessity for emancipation that would also have to be strong enough to have at least a chance of withstanding judicial scrutiny. As such, the Second Confiscation Act, as finally adopted, indirectly recognized the humanity of escaped slaves by declaring them to be “captives of war”, and not merely human property.

Keywords:   Lincoln, emancipation weapon, First Confiscation Act, military necessity, judicial scrutiny, Second Confiscation Act, captives of war

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