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The Proclamation as a Weapon of War

The Proclamation as a Weapon of War

Chapter:
(p.116) (p.117) 8 The Proclamation as a Weapon of War
Source:
Act of Justice
Author(s):
Burrus M. Carnahan
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124636.003.0009

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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