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Abraham Lincoln
Emancipation Proclamation
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You dislike the emancipation proclamation; and, perhaps, would
have it retracted. You say it is unconstitutional -- I think differently.
... But the proclamation, as law, either is valid, or is not valid. If it
is not valid, it needs no retraction. If it is valid, it can not be
retracted, any more than the dead can be brought to life.

Letter to James Conkling, August 26, 1863

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