2015 Past Events
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October 1-15, 2015 Created Equal:America's Civil Rights Struggle
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October 23-24, 2015 Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator
Help us commemorate 2015, this significant year in our nation’s history.
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum
~10th anniversary of NAHOF’s first induction of abolitionists
~Sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War
~Sesquicentennial of the Death of Abraham Lincoln
~Sesquicentennial of Thirteenth Amendment, Abolishing Slavery
~180th Anniversary Inaugural Meeting NYS Antislavery Society in Madison County
The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 was a war measure issued by President Abraham Lincoln which freed slaves in the states of rebellion. In 1864 U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull borrowed language from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and drafted a resolution to abolish slavery in all states. The resolution passed the Senate on April 8, 1864 but was defeated in the House on June 15, 1864. Lincoln and his allies went to work clearing the ground for the resolution’s final passage and submission to the voters. On January 31, 1865 the House of Representatives, by a vote of 119 to 56, finally approved the Thirteenth Amendment. On February 1, Lincoln signed the Joint Resolution submitting the proposed universal ban on slavery in the United States for ratification by three-quarters of the existing thirty-six states.
Lincoln’s home state of Illinois began the process, ratifying the amendment on February 1, 1865. Two days later, the State of New York was the fourth to do so. On December 6, 1865, the necessary twenty-seventh state approved the Thirteenth Amendment: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, shall exist within the United States.… (U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIII, Section 1.)
The Thirteenth Amendment was key to the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment July 9, 1868, with its cardinal provisions of Due Process and Equal Protection of the laws, and to the ratification on February 3, 1870, of the Fifteenth Amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote irrespective of a citizen’s race or previous condition of servitude. These amendments were the cornerstones to Civil Rights.
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