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Old 24 September 2018, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by GenYus234 View Post
I think Congress would have supported general emancipation if that was what was required.
I doubt they would have enacted a general emancipation for all everywhere.

ETA - My first comments on your comment here missed the point of the conversation. But anyway, I don't think they would have passed such legislation at the time and risk losing what support they may have still had in those border states controlled by the union. And I agree that Lincoln probably didn't have the power to do so. He was only using the power that they had (mostly) already ceded to the federal govt in the legislature you mentioned, which is another reason (besides to not lose support in the border slave states) why the EP was so carefully worded so as to exclude those areas already held by the union.

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