This month is the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery throughout the United States. The amendment would not be added to the Constitution until 27 of the 36 states ratified it, which finally happened in December, 1865. This site from HarpWeek includes a tremendous amount of information for the reader. There are discussions of slavery, crisis caused by secession, early emancipation ideas, Lincoln’s policies on emancipation, and an in-depth section on the 13th Amendment itself. Each section includes numerous links to primary source documents, articles from Harper’s Weekly, and political cartoons. In addition there is a timeline of the discussion of slavery and its abolition from the beginning of our country’s history. Also included are biographies of people involved, and a glossary. This is a great teacher or student resource.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.