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Passage of the Thirteenth Amendment...



Item # 172860

February 18, 1865

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, February 18, 1865  The full front page is a jubilant scene captioned: "Scene in the House on the Passage of the Proposition to Amend the Constitution", being the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on January 31, 1865, and adopted on December 6, 1865. There is a related editorial on page 2 titled: "The Amendment" which makes a comment: "...As for the fifty-six members who voted against the proposition it is difficult to speak with sufficient condemnation or contempt..." with much more. Page 3 has aa report under Domestic Intelligence" which begins: "The following nine states have, during the past week, ratified the Constitutional Amendment abolishing slavery: Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The Senate has at length passed the House resolution to exclude the states in rebellion from representation in the Electoral College..." plus other news items.
It was this notable event, the passage of the 13th Amendment, which was the focus of the Stephen Spielberg movie "Lincoln". Another article headed: "The Peace Commission" was also a focus of the movie, the text beginning: "Three Commissioners, appointed by the rebel authorities to treat informally upon terms of peace, have been within our lines and have had an interview with the President and Secretary of State near fortress Monroe..." with further detail (see).
Other prints within include a full page: "Lady Clerks Leaving the Treasury Department at Washington", plus smaller prints including: The Spot Where General James B. McPherson Fell, Near Decatur, Georgia" "Alexander H. Stephens, Of Georgia" "R. M. T. Hunter, or Virginia" "Military Prisons at Charleston, South Carolina" "Eastport, Mississippi,General Thomas's Headquarters" "Gen. John C. Breckinridge, Rebel Secretary of War" "The Rebel General N. B. Forrest" "Military Execution Near City Point".
The doublepage centerfold is a displayable print captioned: "St. Valentine's Day" which has a central print surrounded by related images.
The back page has a political cartoon: "The Peace Commission--Flying to Abraham's Bosom" which features an image of Abraham Lincoln. Complete in 16 pages.

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