Additional Amendment History
Soon after the bill’s introduction the media got the public involved and Congress started to see an increase in legislative proposals abolishing slavery. Even though the slavery war was mostly fought by republicans Senator John Henderson joined the cause with his democratic views on politics and brought forth a joint resolution for a new constitutional amendment to do away with slavery for good within all states. Finally, with much thought, time, work, and effort being put into this cause the Senate Judiciary Committee presented the US Senate with an official amendment proposal to the Bill of Rights. This amendment proposal was written jointly and supported by Democrat Henderson, Republican Ashley, and Republican Wilson.
In 1864 the US Senate passed the Thirteenth Amendment but the House did not. At that time James Mitchell Ashley, again, reintroduced the amendment proposal and then the United States President Abraham Lincoln signed on to help the cause. President Lincoln took steps to make sure the Thirteenth Amendment was going to be a factor in the upcoming Presidential elections and to see that the amendment became a part of the US Bill of Rights.
After all the hard work everyone did to help make this amendment a reality in the lives of many people across the country the bill was passed by both the Senate and the House in January 1865. The original document which has the official signatures states the bill was “Approved February 1, 1865."
Many blacks were still forced into slavery or forced to stay in slavery even after the Thirteenth Amendment passed. It took many years for slavery to be completely abolished in all areas of the United States. Finally, the Fourteenth Amendment and Fifteenth Amendment were passed in 1868 and 1870 that gave citizens civil rights and banned racial voting restrictions. There have not been any offenses or prosecutions against the 13th Amendment since 1947.