1865 13th Amendment is Ratified
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." With these words, the single greatest change wrought by the Civil War was officially noted in the U.S. Constitution.
The ratification came eight months after the end of the war, but it represented the culmination of the struggle against slavery. When the war began, many in the North w…
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