On this day in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
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The 13th amendment passed 119 to 56, seven votes above the necessary two-thirds majority. The amendment was supported by 100% of the Republican members–88 votes, and included 16 Democrats, and 15 third-party representatives.
All 56 votes against the Amendment were from Democrats.