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What was the historical significance of the Thirteenth Amendment?

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goody2shoes | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 17, 2012 at 2:26 AM via web

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What was the historical significance of the Thirteenth Amendment?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 17, 2012 at 2:38 AM (Answer #1)

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The historical significance of the 13th Amendment is that it ended slavery in the United States. 

From early colonial times until the end of the Civil War, slavery was legal in the United States (and in the colonies before independence).  Not all states allowed slavery, but there was nothing in the Constitution that prevented it and many states allowed it.  The Civil War was fought partly over the issue of whether slavery would continue to be legal.

The North, of course, won the Civil War.  Having done so, it wanted to make sure the South could not rebuild the system it had had since that system had led to a civil war.  Therefore, in December of 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified and slavery was no longer legal in the US under the Constitution.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | TA | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM (Answer #2)

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The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.

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