13th Amendment: View Results of Your Choice

Yes, that’s what I did. I saw to it that support for an emancipation amendment was included in the 1864 Union Party platform. People who voted for my electors knew they were voting to end slavery forever. After my resounding re-election in November, I was then in position to lobby Congress to approve the measure and send it to the states for ratification. The vote was close, but on January 31, 1865, Congress proposed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery forever in the United States. By December 1865, the states ratified it, and slavery was finally destroyed.

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