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The Proclamation as a Weapon of War

The Proclamation as a Weapon of War

(p.116) (p.117) 8 The Proclamation as a Weapon of War
Act of Justice
Burrus M. Carnahan
University Press of Kentucky

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

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