January 1 is one of the most noteworthy days in American history, marking President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the states by Congress. That act officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States.
President Abraham Lincoln altered the course of the Civil War and American society when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. But the Proclamation had its roots in a key announcement made on September 22, 1862.
On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency four years later.
On the 151st anniversary of the constitutional amendment that officially ended slavery in the United States, scholars Jamal Greene and Jennifer Mason McAward explain the Thirteenth Amendment’s broad implications.
A few years ago, a group of Iowa Republicans claimed the legitimate 13th Amendment to the Constitution was “missing.” The debate is part of an historical detective story with some surprising twists that is still taking place.
An election recount could be underway soon in Colorado about a ballot initiative seeking to redefine the presence and meaning of the word “slavery” in that state’s constitution.
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The landmark law was a turning point in American history, as it addressed discrimination and segregation on a national level.
In a recent event at Dickinson College, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen joined Matthew Pinsker to look back at the fascinating constitutional story behind the Reconstruction Amendments.
Three leading experts, Randy Barnett, Tom Donnelly and Jamal Greene, join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the history, meaning, and legacy of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in America.