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How did the emancipation edict affect the politics and military affairs of the North? There was some effort in Congress to "give effect" to the proclamation, i.e., to enact it as a law. Representative Arnold of Illinois introduced into the House of Representatives a bill to carry the proclamation "into more immediate execution" by prohibiting the re-enslavement of any person whom the proclamation declared to be free.. When the Wade-Davis bill was under consideration Sumner moved an amendment providing that the emancipation proclamation "is hereby adopted and enacted as a statute of the United States, and as a rule . . . for the government of the military and naval forces thereof." "I wish to see emancipation of the rebel States," said Sumner, "placed under the guarantee of an act of Congress. I do not wish to see it left to float on a presidential proclamation." Willard Saulsbury of Delaware, one of the border-state moderates,

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