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Abolishing Slavery - 2

The issue of slavery was not directly addressed by the authors of the Constitution, but quickly proved to be the most divisive one Congress faced. Petitions against slavery were received as early as the First Congress. As settlers moved west, the question of slavery in the territories periodically dominated Congressional debate. At the close of the Civil War, Congress passed an amendment to abolish slavery, which was quickly ratified by the states.

1 Image S.R. 16, 38th Congress View All Images
1 Image Ceremonial Copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, 1864-1865 View All Images