The Thirteenth Amendment had a major role in our history and was one of the most influential Amendments to have ever been passed in our country. “It put slavery to an end in the United States and was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, which gave a formal consent on December 6, 1865 (“Thirteenth Amendment”). Anti Slavery Acts and speeches led to the Thirteenth Amendment, resulting in the Great abolishment of Slavery (“Thirteenth Amendment”).
Abraham Lincoln disliked slavery and thought it was wrong in all levels. He had written a letter to his friend Joshua Speed and had expressed his hatred about slavery, but in the beginning, he did not recommend the emancipation immediately. In his letter to Joshua he wrote,
“You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it. So far there is no cause of difference. But you say that sooner than yield your legal right to the slave, especially at the bidding of
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On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was adopted, and three fourths of the states had ratified it. All but three of the remaining states had ratified it by 1870 (two of those would not ratify it until the second half of the 20th century): Delaware ratified it on February 12, 1901, Kentucky on March 18, 1976, and Mississippi on March 16, 1995 (Thirteenth Amendment). When the war began, some in the North were against fighting what they saw as a crusade to end slavery. Although many northern Democrats and conservative Republicans were opposed to slavery’s expansion, they were having mixed feelings about outlawing the institution entirely (Thirteenth Amendment Ratified). The war’s rise after the First Battle of Bull Run, caused many to rethink the role that slavery played in creating the conflic (Freedom’s Dream Deferred). By 1862, Lincoln realized that it was folly to wage such a bloody war without plans to eliminate

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