Lincoln: The Great Emancipator

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Lincoln ignored a Supreme Court justice 's decision overturning his order, and over the next few years, the Great Emancipator, in one of the war 's starkest ironies, allowed these new restrictions, which also imposed martial law in some volatile border areas and curbed freedom of speech and the press, to expand throughout the Northern states. As the war drew to a close, though, some historians believe Lincoln may have begun to recognize the dangers of his own unprecedented expansion of presidential war powers. More than 13,000 civilians were arrested under martial law during the war throughout the Union. But it was in Missouri, in particular, nearly a thousand miles from the nation 's capital and far beyond the federal government 's
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