Joint Resolution of the United States Congress, Proposing the 13th Amendment to Abolish Slavery, 1865

Summary

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, not the Emancipation Proclamation, formally abolished slavery in the United States. With the adoption of this amendment the United States found a final solution to the issue of slavery. The word "Duplicate" at the top indicates the bill was passed by Congress but had not yet been ratified by the states.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, not the Emancipation Proclamation, formally abolished slavery in the United States. With the adoption of this amendment the United States found a final solution to the issue of slavery. The word "Duplicate" at the top indicates the bill was passed by Congress but had not yet been ratified by the states.

Material

Vellum (Paper)
Ink

Technique

Handwriting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 20.75 in

Width: 15.5 in

Inscriptions

Written at top: Thirty Eighth Congress of the United States... Top, center: Duplicate

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