Today in History: Slavery was Abolished
By Toby Friedman
On December 18, 1865, the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, was adopted as part of the United States Constitution.
This meant that the U.S. officially announced that slavery is unlawful, and immediately over 100,000 enslaved people were freed. After a bloody civil war, the blacks were finally given their ticket to freedom!
But, in the aftermath of the Civil War, blacks were faced with new challenges. Years later they were still kept segregated from white people in all public facilities.
The tough, arrogant whites made sure to remind the Negroes that they’re different and will never be fully accepted. Only after a lot of time and a lot of effort from activists did the African Americans gain full freedom and equality.
(From the Presidential File Collection. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.)