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10 - “Slavery Is Incompatible with a Republican Form of Government”

from Part III - Abolition: State and Federal, 1864

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 January 2023

John C. Rodrigue
Affiliation:
Stonehill College, Massachusetts
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During the initial phase of the first session of the Thirty-Eighth Congress in early 1864, Congress deals with Reconstruction legislation. Congress also drafts the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Congressional Republicans initially expect to work in conjunction with Lincoln’s plan for Reconstruction, but Republicans also express misgivings over Lincoln’s policy. Some Republicans also express reservations over inadequacy of the Thirteenth Amendment to address the issues of Reconstruction, and over the amendment securing ratification by the necessary number of states. By April 1864, the US Senate passes the amendment.

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Freedom's Crescent
The Civil War and the Destruction of Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley
, pp. 223 - 236
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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