January 1 is one of the most noteworthy days in American history, marking President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
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Three leading experts, Randy Barnett, Tom Donnelly and Jamal Greene, join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the history, meaning, and legacy of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in America.
Preeminent historian Eric Foner joins Richard Brookhiser, senior editor at National Review, for a special 13th Amendment discussion on the heels of the 150th anniversary of ratification.
Richard Brookhiser looks at the question of whether the abolition of slavery and federally-guaranteed black citizenship were something brand-new in American life, or, as Lincoln said, extensions of what had gone before.
On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the states by Congress. That act officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States.