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Abolishing Slavery - 1

By the mid-19th century, slavery became the most divisive issue Congress faced. While committed foremost to preserving the Union, Abraham Lincoln opposed the expansion of slavery. His plans for gradual emancipation, which recognized states’ rights and the economic ramifications of slavery, were not effective. It took a civil war and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865 to bring slavery to an end.

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