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13th Amendment

Video: The 13th Amendment With Jeffrey Rosen and David M. Rubenstein

July 10, 2015 By NCC Staff

National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen and David M. Rubinstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group, discuss the 13th Amendment at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Video: Lincoln's legacy and the 13th amendment 150 years later

February 13, 2015 By NCC Staff

An all-star group of panelists joins National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine Abraham Lincoln's legacy and the 13th amendment in a special event in Philadelphia.

Celebrating our nation’s second founding

February 10, 2015 By Doug Kendall and Tom Donnelly

In this commentary, Doug Kendall and Tom Donnelly from the Constitutional Accountability Center argue that during Black History Month, the time is ripe for a national conversation about the enduring meaning and importance of the Second Founding.

The 13th Amendment: Slavery And Involuntary Servitude

February 13, 2014 By NCC Staff

As part of the National Constitution Center's 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, each day we will look at a constitutional amendment. Today, we look at the 13th Amendment, the first of three post-Civil War amendment that dealt with slavery and Civil Rights.

The 13th Amendment: Slavery And Involuntary Servitude

December 5, 2013 By NCC Staff

To abolish slavery entirely, Congress proposed this amendment, which also gave Congress specific authority to enforce the amendment by legislation. Under these provisions, Congress has legislated against slavery-like conditions, such as peonage.

Abraham Lincoln as constitutional radical: The 13th amendment

July 12, 2013 By Abigail Perkiss

Abigail Perkiss from Kean University looks the importance of the 13th amendment as launching perhaps the greatest legal, economic and social revolution the United States has ever seen

Dred Scott decision still resonates today

March 6, 2013 By NCC Staff

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.

Constitution Check: Is the right to vote an “entitlement”?

March 5, 2013 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston looks at a provocative comment from Associate Justice Antonin Scalia about racial entitlements, and what it means in the broader scope of constitutional and congressional history.

Lincoln, Argo battle looks like a nasty political campaign

February 20, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

The fight between two historic dramas fighting for an Oscar, the movies “Lincoln” and “Argo,” has taken on the character of a bitter political campaign, with supporters pointing out flaws and dropping big bucks on promotion.

Lincoln, Obama, and historic second inaugural addresses

February 18, 2013 By Malcolm Lazin

Malcom Lazin from the Equality Forum compares how President Abraham Lincoln and President Barack Obama evolved on two landmark civil rights issues, in two radically different eras.

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