legal slavery abolished, 151 years ago
#yesterdaytoday December 6
On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified. “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.” With these words, the single greatest change wrought by the Civil War was officially noted in the Constitution. — History
December must be the month to pass constitutional amendments… should we try for somethin’?
Following up on yesterday’s factoid about the 21st amendment is an even more monumental shift in American law and basic decency, the abolition of slavery.
It’s been 151 years but we still have a long way to go in our struggle against racism and towards our collective realization that yes, #blacklivesmatter. It took at least 195 years from the start of slavery in the U.S. colonies to its abolition. Perhaps in another 41 years we will have built an America that truly understands its shame and is ready to move forward.