How was it possible that Abraham Lincoln, the Union president, could emancipate the slaves in the Confederacy?

magicman15k asked:


If Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States, how was it possible that his Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in a different country (the Confederacy)? Wouldn’t that be saying for example, the president of Canada saying all Americans have a right to shoplifting, and all of a sudden, we are allowed to steal from stores? I just don’t get how it’s possible for the President of one country to make one statement that changes the other country. Like how is that possible?

Thanks,

Eric

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One Response to “How was it possible that Abraham Lincoln, the Union president, could emancipate the slaves in the Confederacy?”

  1. Nate says:

    The CSA was NOT a different country. It was all part of the same country. The various States were in rebellion against the federal government.

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