Today marks the 152nd anniversary of the adoption of the most important legislation in United States history: the Thirteenth Amendment. The Thirteenth Amendment officially abolished slavery within the United States and its territories, building off of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that was issued two years earlier.
With the American Civil War over, the task of reconstruction began, especially within the South. The country could be made whole again, and in many ways it has healed, yet there are still some fundamental rifts that show how visible and ugly the scar that was left by the Civil War is. Primarily, there seems to be a misunderstanding of why the American Civil War was fought, and I’d like to let my old buddy John help to clarify that:
Nothing like a British man to properly inform us on United States history. Hopefully future generations within the USA will understand the bloodiest conflict in their country’s history, and the bloody practice that initiated it.
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