News Display: 13th Amendment Is Ratifified
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 12/01/2016
Uploaded: 12/16/2016
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: 13 Amendment, black history, Lincoln, slavery, US Constitution

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Description/Abstract: News Display: 13th Amendment Is Ratified, Tuesday, 12/6


On December 6, 1865, Abraham Lincoln's Fourth Annual Message to Congress was printed in the Congressional Globe, and the thirteenth amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by Georgia, the last state necessary to move things forward; months after the end of the Civil War, this signifiant legislation served to abolish slavery, for it stipulated, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The 13th Amendment was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865 after a series of debates in the Congress that began in March 1864.

Be sure to check out the web guide, 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, on the Library of Congress site. It includes the full text, debates, and other important digital resources on the abolition of slavery.

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