Constitutional Law

The Executive Branch

What are some famous executive orders in American history?

Perhaps the most famous of all executive orders was the first numbered one issued by President Abraham Lincoln, the country’s sixteenth president, in 1863—the Emancipation Proclamation (Executive Order #1). An example of a famous—or infamous—executive order was Executive Order 9066—which called for the removal of Japanese-American citizens during the time of World War II into internment camps. Another famous executive order was Executive Order 8022, called the Fair Employment Practice, which prohibited racial discrimination in the defense industry. Similarly, Executive Order 9981 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or national origin in all of the armed forces.


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