The 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

November 30 through December 9, 2015

This December marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which banned slavery throughout the United States and began the reconstruction era—a turning point in Constitutional History.  

The National Constitution Center is celebrating this historic event with a fascinating series of programs and events at the museum, on our website, and across the nation!

Visit: The 13th Amendments 150th Anniversary Commemoration at the Museum
December 6, 2015, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Commemorate the ratification of the 13th Amendment with special scholarly discussions, document workshops, film screenings, and an exciting public reading.  Click here for more information.

Learn: The Newest Episode of our Award Winning Constitution Hall Pass Video Lesson Series
Live chat Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST
Give your students a “hall pass” to explore America’s civic holidays and constitutional history!  In the newest video lesson, “The Thirteenth Amendment ”, viewers learn about the ways the Constitutional Convention failed to address the issue of slavery, the buildup to the Civil War, and the abolition of slavery through the Thirteenth Amendment.  You’ll also find out more about the age of Reconstruction and the ways that the Thirteenth Amendment is still used by citizens today.  To view the video and participate in the live chats, visit our Constitution Hall Pass page.   

Debate: Fascinating Town Hall Programs with Constitutional Scholars
•    Join us on the road for The Thirteenth Amendment at 150:  Emancipation, America’s Second Founding
Monday December 7, 2015 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater in the National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

•    Join us at the Center for Why Reconstruction Matters
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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