Freedom At Last!

Inside look on former slaves...

The End Of Slaves! Yay ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

So, slavery ended a really long time ago! The first attempt to end slavery, made by Abe Lincoln (our 16th president) was called the Emancipation Proclamation, Issued January 31st, 1863. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Although, this was intended to free slaves, what REALLY freed slaves was the 13th Amendment, ratified January 31st, 1865. The 13th Amendment stated "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Yes! A huge step forward in American History!

New year, New Me!

Life After Slavery...

After the north won the civil war, congress passed an amendment to make slavery illegal in the united states. Former-slaves made different decisions on what to do with their new found freedom. There was a great migration of former-slaves to move up north. They became house cleaners, baby-sitters, nannies, and cooks for wealthy families. Others decided to move to the western united states to become cowboys and settlers until they made a law that blacks weren’t allowed. The rest decided to move back to africa. After the 14th amendment (June 13th 1866) and 15th amendment (february 26th 1869) had passed, black men were allowed to vote and participate in political causes, find jobs, and also own and buy land.
Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22