|Photo courtesy to http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/exhibits/forever/freedom/page3.html.
With a major push from the elected President Abraham Lincoln and his anti-slavery belief, slavery was quickly fought for and
abolished in the following years. He was completely anti-slavery for any new lands that were purchased. He saw now way for
the nation to survive if half of it was pro-slavery and the other half was anti-slavery. All this would do is create a never
ending race and equality war, which, unfortunately, never really did end.(1)
Here is a clip from a really really good website regarding what happened during slavery from start to finish.
1865 Amendment XIII. Slavery abolished.
Juneteenth or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of
freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston,
Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on June 19, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation
1866 Civil Rights Act. Congress overrode President Johnson's veto on April 9 and passed the Civil Rights Act, conferring
citizenship upon black Americans and guaranteeing equal rights with whites
The Fourteenth Amendment. On June 13, Congress approved the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing due
process and equal protection under the law to all citizens. The amendment would also grant citizenship to blacks
Black suffrage. On January 8, overriding President Johnson's veto, Congress granted the black citizens of the District
of Columbia the right to vote.
Fourteenth Amendment ratified. On July 21, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting citizenship
to any person born or naturalized in the United State
Fifteenth Amendment approved. The amendment would guarantee black Americans the right to vote.(3)