On this day in Alabama history: Alabama ratifies 13th Amendment

On this day in Alabama history: Alabama ratifies 13th Amendment
Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, bearing the signature of Abraham Lincoln. (National Archives and Records Administration; Wikipedia)

December 2, 1865

Alabama ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on this day in 1865. The amendment abolished slavery. The state’s ratification was followed by that of North Carolina and then Georgia, reaching the three-fourths threshold of states (27 of 36) required for approval and certification of the amendment. As a result, U.S. slaves were legally freed within two weeks. It was the first of three Reconstruction-era amendments following the Civil War.

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