The End of Slavery:  The Creation of the 13th Amendment

4/8/2014 By:

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery throughout the United States.  The amendment would not be added to the Constitution until 27 of the 36 states ratified it, which finally happened in December, 1865.  This site from HarpWeek includes so much material.  There are discussions of slavery and the crisis caused by secession, early emancipation ideas, Lincoln’s policies on emancipation, and finally a section on the 13th Amendment itself.  Each section includes numerous links to primary source documents, articles from Harper’s Weekly, and political cartoons.  In addition is a timeline of the discussion of slavery and its abolition from the beginning of our country’s history, biographies of people involved, and a glossary.  This is an outstanding resource.
courtesy of Knovation
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