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Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, 1789-present

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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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