Ms.Potina English IV6 March 28, 2013
The 13th amendment was one of the most influential Amendments to have ever passed in the U.S. The passing of this Amendment started its transition in the south in the 1963 and lasted for two years ending 1965, this Amendment meant an ending to slavery and with that an ending to the way of life.
The 13th Amendment was passed at the end of the Civil War before the southern states had been restored to the union and should have easily passed the congress by president Abraham Lincoln who approved the resolution of congress submitting the Amendment that was passed by the Senate on April 8,1864, and the house on January 31,1965. on February 1st 1865, to the state legislatures. The state ratified it by December 6th, 1865. It provides that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the united state or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” (“Thirteenth Amendment “). Obviously, Lincoln was strongly against slavery and spoke his opinion freely, after his election to the presidency South Carolina voted to secede from the united state.
The Southern State that seceded from the union were forced to free their slaves and pass the amendment as part of their being allowed back into the union. The South was then forced to find a new means of supporting themselves. The history behind this amendment adoption is an interesting one, according to the Author (Gorden Leinder) “Congress had passed the thirteenth amendment for an entirely different purpose to...