Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation

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- Abraham Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation

An example of a presidential executive order which congress did not authorise would be Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Slaves could not be freed constitutionally because they were considered property under the constitution. Lincoln justified this move as an act of war to undermine the war effort in the south.

When President Lincoln first proposed the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet in the summer of 1862, many of the cabinet secretaries were apathetic, or thought the Proclamation was too radical. It was only Lincoln’s firm commitment to the necessity and justice of the Proclamation, which finally persuaded his cabinet members to support him.

- Franklin Delano Rossevelt & The New Deal

Franklin Roosevelt vastly expanded the powers of the presidency beyond anything before seen. The New Deal expanded the federal government 's authority over the economy in response to the emergency of the Great Depression. Less well known, FDR enhanced the executive branch’s power relative to Congress and the Court. This proved to be an expansion going far beyond a war emergency. FDR worked closely with Democratic majorities in Congress to pass broad delegations of lawmaking authority to new federal agencies to exercise virtually all of Congress 's lawmaking powers, subject sometimes to the requirement only that the agencies ' decisions promote “the public interest.”

As the size and scope of federal agencies grew…
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