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There were actually a number of different emancipation proclamations in different countries at different dates, ranging over a century or two. Should we perhaps put in a hatnote linking to Abolition of slavery timeline? For example the emancipation proclamation in the Dutch colonies was 1863 I believe. Grateful thanks to anyone who would like to fix this. I may do it myself if no-one objects. Invertzoo (talk) 21:23, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
I went ahead and did this. Invertzoo (talk) 15:03, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
Authority: Legal reasons why Lincoln couldn't free all the slaves
I've heard all the various criticisms of the Emancipation Proclamation before, but only now realized why it was that the proclamation didn't free any slaves in the Union. The article does mention what section of the Constitution Lincoln used to justify the Proclamation, but I think it should be made clearer why the Proclamation did not free all the slaves at once. Simply put, Lincoln did not have the power to end slavery by executive order. Even in wartime the US was bound to the Constitution. So, the "Authority" section should include both what the Constitution enabled Lincoln to do and what it prevented him from doing. As Commander-in-Chief he was able to free slaves in territories under military administration (i.e. the occupied part of the CSA). But he did not have the power to end slavery in the other states. Can someone with appropriate legal knowledge please explain how the limits on Lincoln's powers affected the Proclamation? What powers did he, Congress, and the respective state legislatures have to end slavery in their jurisdictions? Roches (talk) 19:00, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
It is mentioned on in the "Authority" section, see "He did not have Commander-in-Chief authority over . . ." and footnotes but what would you suggest? Alanscottwalker (talk) 20:44, 12 July 2014 (UTC)