Social Studies Project

Amendments & Prociamation

Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln's our to free (emancipate) slaves in states that were fighting still fighting for the Union, and to allow African Americans into the Union army and navy.

Thirteenth Amendment

The main reason of this amendment is that Congress is allowed to have power to enforce articles by appropriate legislation. Also, it states that neither slavery or involuntary servitude should except as a punishment for crime where the party shall have been duly convicted, or shall exist within the US, or any place subjected to their jurisdiction.

Fourteenth Amendment

This amendments main idea is that all people including slaves should be treated as equal citizens. Also, states have to respect the constitutional rights. States must give the citizens equal protection in the laws. The can't deny the right of eligible men to vote for federal elections. If they deny this, they will lose some of their representatives in Congress.

Fifteenth Amendment

The citizens should not be denied to vote by the United States no matter the race, color or previous condition of servitude. Also, Congress should not have the power to enforce the article by appropriate legislation.
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Answer for Question 1.

1. The amendments affected the former slaves by it saying that no person can be kept as a slave, be forced to work for someone else (unless its for a crime), slaves and all citizens should be treated fairy, and that the 14th amendment states that no people should be elected to the office if they rebelled against the United States.

Answer for question 2.

If I was part of the Congress, a law that I'll put is that no former slave should be treated like disowned animals, just because the don't do their jobs right. I would do this because everyday slaves get punished and pushed around for just not doing their job right. Instead of being punished for that, I think they should not be punished no matter how bad the thing is.