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The Thirteenth Amendment

The Thirteenth Amendment was undoubtedly one of the most significant revisions to the United States Constitution.  It was the cumulating event of our own civil strife; it laid the course for the reconstruction and set into motion other momentous changes.  The Thirteenth Amendment is the legislation that once and for all made the slave trade illegal in the Unites States of America.  It was the beginning of a new era in out country’s history.

The Thirteenth AmendmentThe Thirteenth Amendment paved the way for the Fourteenth Amendment, which would give all persons born or naturalized in the United States citizenship within both their country and state.  This in turn led to the Fifteenth Amendment, which gave African American’s the right to vote.  It could even be said that this course of events precipitated the coming of  women’s suffrage as well.  All of these actions were set into motion by the Thirteenth Amendment, which had in turn been sparked by the circumstances of the Civil War.  This amendment, as one would expect, was extremely controversial in its time.  Residual arguments from the battlefield continued to ricochet from the podium and through the press, all over the fragile country.

Although it has been thoroughly scrutinized by many interest groups, the Thirteenth Amendment’s purpose was clear to the persons who framed its carefully chosen words.  In their eyes the Thirteenth Amendment was drafted to ensure that the natural rights of all persons were protected.  The original intent of this Amendment was to remand to federal courts the jurisdiction over civil rights issues.  It was the view of amendment’s founders that the federal government, from that time forward, should be the authority over civil rights

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