James Ashley

Who Freed the Slaves?: The Fight over the Thirteenth Amendment

Submitted by FHMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 11:12

"In the popular imagination, slavery in the United States ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The Proclamation may have been limited—freeing only slaves within Confederate states who were able to make their way to Union lines—but it is nonetheless generally seen as the key moment, with Lincoln’s leadership setting into motion a train of inevitable events that culminated in the passage of an outright ban: the Thirteenth Amendment.