Tag Archives: 13th amendment

On Exhibit: Abolishing Slavery

On December 6, 1865, with Georgia’s ratification of the 13th Amendment, slavery throughout the United States became illegal. Just a few years earlier, in 1861, Ohio Representative Thomas Corwin proposed—and both Houses of Congress passed—a constitutional amendment that would have done … Continue reading

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Emancipation Proclamation: The 13th Amendment

Today’s blog post comes from National Archives social media intern Anna Fitzpatrick. The news of the Emancipation Proclamation was greeted with joy, even though it did not free all the slaves. Because of the limitations of the proclamation, and because … Continue reading

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The other 13th Amendment

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. The year 1861 was a dire one for the United States. In its opening months, five southern states joined South Carolina in seceding from the … Continue reading

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