Slavery Gone for Good?

What do civilians think about the 13th amendment?

What does the 13th amendment mean for the United States?

Slavery, our burden.During the Civil war it was a fight for freedom and the abolishment of slavery. In 1863 President Lincoln proposed the Emancipation Proclamation. This was a huge deal to the south. It declared "all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free". For as long as people can remember slavery was a source of coerced labor which benefited the economy greatly. The south in particular was affected by the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th amendment which formally abolished slavery. Slaves was the main resource for picking cotton, growing crops such as tobacco, corn, grains, etc. Without the work of slaves the Souths economy wasn't doing very well. How ever on the north side, their economy was actually doing rather well. They had access to more trade routes and had more rail roads so they were able to have many forms of transportation.

How do former slaves and southerners feel about the amendment?


We went to Louisiana and we talked to a former slave named Jackson Moore. We asked about his thoughts about the 13th amendment, here's what he had to say. "This is a great gift to many african americans all over the country". '' We were always seen as a piece of property and now having our own rights and freedom is a gift of a lifetime". While Jackson's response was positive, there were many people on the opposite side that were very angry about the amendment and actually opposed it. We met up with another southerner in Louisiana named James Hulk. " All these laws passing giving negroes the unnecessary rights they do not need nor deserve".

What other amendments or changes have been ratified since the 13th amendment?

Since the ratification of the13th amendment in 1865, african americans have gradually gained more rights, here's the overview of each of the new amendments that benefit african americans!