Thirteenth Amendment

A Complicated and Constitutional Act of Liberty and Justice

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David Nichols’ comment on Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue an Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863, is a perceptive and nuanced appraisal of Lincoln’s path to the proclamation. The principal question with which Nichols has had to deal

The Emancipation Proclamation:  Abraham Lincoln’s Constitutionally Modest Proposal

The Emancipation Proclamation: Abraham Lincoln’s Constitutionally Modest Proposal

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On July 22, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln presented a plan to his cabinet to issue a proclamation emancipating slaves in all states that remained in rebellion as of January 1, 1863. At the urging of Secretary of State William Seward

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“Clothed with immense power”

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Director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner’s Lincoln opens with a chaotic battle in a river, black and white soldiers struggling to kill each other in hand-to-hand combat.  We then see pairs of black and white soldiers reciting from memory