Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Limits of Constitutional Change
University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center
Supreme Court Review, 2008
Albany Law School Research Paper No. 44
This article examines the policy behind President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation with the assumption that it would be challenged legally, while this never happened because its legality became moot after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, Lincoln aimed to keep the proclamation as narrowly focused and constitutionally solid as possible. The article explores constitutional limitations on emancipation, the conditions leading up to emancipation, and the lasting effects of the emancipation during and following the Civil War.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: emancipation, Lincoln, thirteenth amendment
Date posted: June 22, 2009 ; Last revised: March 11, 2012