Today in History: Slavery Is Officially Abolished in the US

The 13th Amendment

On this day (December 18) in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted. This amendment states, “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

It was former Confederate States of America member Alabama that ratified the amendment only a few weeks before, pushing the vote count to the three-fourths majority that was needed for ratification.

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Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Constitution (Hardback)

Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of The Constitution (Hardback)

Author: Prolman, Marilyn    ISBN-13: N/A    ISBN-10: 0516066927   

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." — Preamble

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