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  • In Congress, it was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865
  • During Reconstruction, three amendments to the Constitution were made in an effort to establish equality for black Americans
  • It abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States.
  • the 13th amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865
  • The 13th amendment granted slaves free in te United States, they were now free from their masters.
  • “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.”
  • If it wasnt for the 13th amendment, slavery would still be legal in the United States .
  • the Southern states quiclky passed laws to restrict the little freedom that the formr slaves ahd. As apart of the reconstruction pperiod, congress added 2 more amendements to end all of the chaos.
  • Even though the amendment abolished slavery, factors such as the "Black Codes" and white supremacist violence continued to subject the black americans in involuntary labour, especially in the South
  • The 14th amendment guaranteed citizenship to all people born in the United States regardless of their race.
  • The Reconstruction amendments focused mainly on civil rights and rebuilding the war-torn nation.
  • It also gave all citizeens the right to Due Process and equal protection under the law. 
  • Due process means peole have the right to be treated fairly under the government.
  • The 15th Amendment gave all men the right to vote regardless of their race.
  • By 1870, all the former Confedaerate states hhad been readmitted to the Union, and most wer controlled by the Rep. party
  • The 15t Amendment granted the right to vote to all male citizens, now African Americans could vote an run for office.
  • The 15th amendment was ratified on February 3,1870. it was the third and last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
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