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December 18, 2013
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December 18th, 1865

Slavery is Abolished in America

  On this day in 1865, Secretary of State William H. Seward proclaimed, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery into effect.   It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on January 31, 1865, and adopted on December 6, 1865.   Following the American Civil War there were three Reconstruction Amendments - abolishing slavery was the first one.   Source: Gov.org/Image: BestFlag.org

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