Monday, December 14, 2015

Lawmakers celebrate 150th anniversary of 13th Amendment

By Jim Howard, St. Louis Public Radio

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln saw his home state of Illinois become the first to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, banning slavery. He’d also live to see the end of the Civil War, in which he had declared slaves in Southern states, free under the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two years earlier, but he wouldn’t live to see the amendment itself become law, upon the vote of Georgia state lawmakers on Dec. 9, 1865.

Read the story here.

Click here to watch the President Obama's remarks on the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment.

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