Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
The 13th Amendment: The Abolition of Slavery

The Constitution of the United States of America - Thirteenth Amendment

Slavery in America


Read More About It

"The Thirteenth Amendment: Ending Slavery" by Elizabeth Schleichert

"The Emancipation Proclamation" by Brendan January


Vocabulary:

endorsed
Amendment
abolishing


Interesting Fact:

Slavery existed in America for nearly 250 years with the first slaves arriving around 1619.


Study Questions:

  • Why were all of the slave states in the south?
  • Was there any debate in the legislature regarding the amendment? Why were any Wisconsin legislators against the 13th Amendment?
  • How many states are required to pass a constitutional amendment?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the 13th Amendment:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 1:

    1790: Congress authorizes the first U.S. Census.
    1872: Yellowstone becomes the first national park.
    1961: The Peace Corps is established by President John F. Kennedy.



  • March 1

    March 1, 1865: The Wisconsin Legislature endorsed the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, making Wisconsin one of the first states to do so.


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