John Locke, like many Enlightenment thinkers, believed that the greatest threat to liberty came from concentrated power in the form of the government. A weak government meant stronger liberty for citi

John Locke, like many Enlightenment thinkers, believed that the greatest threat to liberty came from concentrated power in the form of the government. A weak government meant stronger liberty for citizens. What did Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation mean for the Lockean approach to government? What events led Lincoln to conclude that such a drastic change needed to occur and where can you see that this change continued past the Proclamation?

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