On This Day in 1865 – Thanks to Republicans The US Abolished Slavery


(Vermont History)
On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendmentabolishing slaverybecame part of the Constitution — when ratified by three-quarters of the states. Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national platform in 1864. Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the final version of the text, combining the proposed wordings of several other Republican congressmen.

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