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Quick Start: Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, 1789-2017

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Executive Orders are the formal means through which the President of the United States executes a wide range of actions related to the Federal Government’s internal operations and organization, as well as foreign and domestic policies. Historically, these have included

  • Public Announcements    
  • Presidential decisions concerning private individuals
  • General administrative decisions relating to the disposition of Federal Lands  
  • Indian affairs
  • Creation of Federal agencies     
  • White House operations      
  • Military matters  
  • Establishment of administrative and personnel policies at Federal agencies 

Presidential proclamations and executive orders have the force of law, and have played a role in many historic events, including Indian removal, internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and desegregation of the military. 

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To William H. Seward:

[requests commissions for Consular appointments], 1861

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Interdepartmental Statistical Committee

Created under jurisdiction of the Commerce and Labor Secretary

Content sample: executive order from T. Roosevelt

Establishment of recruiting stations for Black troops in Tennessee

 by Brig. Gen. Andrew Johnson, Military Governor

Sample Content:  after orders from the War Department

National Emergency Council

to undertake production and distribution of motion picture dealing with unemployment. p1 (1938)

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National Emergency Council

to undertake production and distribution of motion picture dealing with unemployment. p2 (1938)

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