The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on December 18, 1865. First proposed in December of 1863, during the Civil War and months after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the amendment to forever abolish slavery passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865. Before the amendment could be added to the Constitution, two thirds of the states–27 out of the then total 36 states–needed to ratify the amendment.
On December 6, 1865, Georgia became the 27th state to approve the ratification. Secretary of State William H. Seward officially announced the approval of the the Thirteenth Amendment 12 days later.
Hosted by the late D’Army Bailey, Moments in Civil Rights History is produced in collaboration with the Equal Justice Initiative and is part of Comcast NBCUniversal’s “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement” project. Experience the sights, sounds and stories of the Civil Rights Movement like never before.
We are proud to announce our new, interactive website, Voices of the Civil Rights Movement! The updated website contains all of the same award-winning content found on “His Dreams, Our Stories” and “Moments in Civil Rights History.” It combines these two video archives into one interactive site, boasting several new features that improve user experience, including improved functionality to help site visitors sort and select content, dynamic new search functions, a free E-Book, plus the opportunity to Add Your Story, a section where anyone can share their own written story, photographs, or videos relating to the struggle for justice and equal rights.
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