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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"It was called the Underground Railroad. But it had no trains or tracks. Instead, it had men and women willing to risk their lives to smuggle runaway slaves to freedom." — Childrens Press, Publisher
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times: From Elizabeth the First to the Forty-Niners (Paperback Book/Activity Book Set)
"Explorers discover treasure beneath mountain rocks. Pirates roam the seas. Kings huddle on their thrones, hoping that they wil keep their crowns—and their heads. And adventurers sail around the world on tiny wooden ships, risking starvation and treacherous seas to find strange new lands." — Susan Wise Bauer, Author
His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad (Hardback)
"A riveting account from the thick of the fray, John P. Parker's oral autobiography presents the Underground Railroad and his own slave experience in uniquely human detail. His Promised Land is at once astonishing and believable." — Nell Irvin Painter, Author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress (Hardback)
"Informed by the raucous spirit of the Jackson era, Mr. Adams's Last Crusade renders a witty and insightful portrait of a man who placed his country above politics." — Dust Jacket
This volume in the TimeFrame series features: Russia Looks West ~ The Rise of Prussia ~ The Pacific Adventure ~ America Independent ~ The French Revolution
Mark Twain's Author's National Edition, Vol. 5: Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins (Vintage, Hardcover)
David Wilson decided to put up his shingle in Dawson's Landing, hoping to build a law office, but when his wit was misunderstood by the townspeople, he was labeled a "pudd'nhead" and could only eek out a living using his other skills. However, twenty years later a murder case gives him a chance to redeem himself in his neighbors' eyes as well as reveal a tragic and fateful decision by a slave mother whose strongest desire was to see her son raised free.
"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
"A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to ... and what no just government should refuse." — Thomas Jefferson
"Words That Built a Nation is unique. It collects and explains documents that have established, reinforced, and sometimes refocused the democratic dream. It should be part of every family's library." — Back Cover
"This Teacher Guide contains the main teaching material for the lessons. It includes background information on the important concepts in the lessons, a list of required materials, an activity-by-activity description of what students are learning, and the answers to questions in the lessons." — from Introduction (page ix)
These are the student worksheets and assessment tests for K12's AMERICA HISTORY BEFORE 1865 course that is intended for students in grades 5-8.