This December we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. After Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia ratified the amendment in the first week of December, William H. Seward proclaimed its adoption on December 18, 1865.
Christian G. Samito’s new book Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment examines how Lincoln’s opposition to amending the U.S. Constitution shaped his political views before he became president, and how constitutional arguments overcame Lincoln’s objections, turning him into a supporter of the Thirteenth Amendment by 1864. You can read Samito’s introduction here (click to enlarge):
Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment is available at www.siupress.com. If you order between now and December 20, use promo code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive 40% off the list price.