Mini Research paper:
The 13th Amendment
The 13th Amendment was passed by the U.S. senate on April 8, 1864. Unfortunately the United States of Representatives did not pass the legislation until January 31, 1865 after president Abraham Lincoln made it his number one priority in his 1864 re-election campaign. President Lincoln thought that it was important to follow up the Emancipation Proclamation with a constitution amendment to guarantee the abolishment of slavery, for the Proclamation was only his executive order not a rule of the law. The 13th amendment states that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, shall exist in the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Though the amendment did not end the discrimination of particularly, African Americans, but it did end slavery, effecting millions of lives and history tremendously.
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