13th Amendment

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    Just a reminder....

    Great American History Great American History -

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    The history behind this amendments adoption is an interesting one. Prior to the Civil War, in February 1861, Congress had passed a Thirteenth Amendment for an entirely different purpose--to guarantee the legality and perpetuity of slavery in the slave states, rather than to end it. This amendment guaranteeing slavery was a result of the complicated sectional politics of the antebellum period, and a futile effort to preclude Civil War. Although the Thirteenth Amendment that guaranteed slavery was narrowly passed by both houses, the Civil War started before it could be sent to the states for ratification.

    But the final version of the Thirteenth Amendment--the one ending slavery--has an interesting story of its own. Passed during the Civil War years, when southern congressional representatives were not present for debate, one would think today that it must have easily passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Not true. As a matter of fact, although passed in April 1864 by the Senate, with a vote of 38 to 6, the required two-thirds majority was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 93 to 65. Abolishing slavery was almost exclusively a Republican party effort--only four Democrats voted for it.
     
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    Still haven't figured out that the republican party then isn't the republican party now, eh?

    lol... what a sad, pathetic way to get attention.
     
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    it's just to balance out OJ, Kirk and BOBO. :lol:
     
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    The Republican Party may not be the same one as 1864, but one hundred years later, the Democratic Party was the same....still trying to block the civil rights of Afr. Amer. as they did in 1864.....while the Republicans were trying to pass the civil rights amendment.....
    The Dims just decided to buy the blacks with welfare and have in fact done just that....
     

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