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President Barack Obama says abolishment of slavery was freedom for all.
The president was joined by congressional leaders on Capitol Hill this morning to mark the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment to the constitution that states 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 States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Obama said the nation was built on the premise that all are created equal and recounted how slavery shaped the nation’s politics and nearly tore the country apart during the Civil War.
The president went on to say the the scars continue to be visible with Americans today and pressed for them to push back against bigotry in all forms.
“To remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others, regardless of what they look like, or where they come from, or what their last name is or what faith they practice.” Obama said.
Source: chicagotribune.com, Associated Press/Image: Wikipedia.com