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Limitations on Wartime Liberties

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Limitations on Wartime Liberties a. Lincoln and the Constitution i. Lincoln wanted to abide by the Constitution, but to preserve the Union, he needed to bend it ii. Congress, as is often true in times of crisis, accepted the president’s questionable acts b. Questionable Actions i. While Congress was not in session, he ordered a blockade ii. He increased the army without Congress’ consent (Congress later approved) iii. Suspended the writ of habeas corpus, so that anti- Unionists might be arrested iv. Arranged for “supervised” voting in the Border States (you had to hold a colored ballot indicating your party preference and walk between two lines of armed troops) v. Suspended certain newspapers and arrested their editors on the grounds of obstructing the war c. Jefferson Davis and Possible Questionable Acts i. Was not able to do what Lincoln did because the South supported States’ rights ii. For example, a railroad in Petersburg, VA prevented the joining of tracks that would have shipped military supplies for the war effort X.
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