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 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2009 03:56 am
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True enough, Doc; Lincoln wanted the border states and didn't want to irritate them. However, it does remain that they were more or less secured well before his preliminary and official proclamations. One single fact stands out: he had no power to free slaves in states not at war with the United States. He could not and would not contravene the Constitution in states and areas not at war with the U.S.

I'll not deny that he pushed the edges some, but most of that was exercising war powers. He couldn't and wouldn't free slaves of loyal citizens. For that adherence to the Constitution, he gets flak. It really didn't matter that he wanted to keep the loyalty of the border states.


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