The 13th Amendment is a large milestone in the history of African-Americans. This amendment to the U.S. constitution abolishes slavery and any service done involuntarily (except by court order as a punishment for a crime.)
When Was the 13th Amendment Added to the Constitution?
It took about a year and a half for the 13th Amendment to be fully processed. After being passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, it had to be approved by the House, which happened on January 31, 1865. On December 6, 1865 it was finally ratified by the majority of states needed to make it legal. The 13th Amendment was one of the three so-called Reconstruction Amendments, which were adopted within the five years after the Civil War.