Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

13th AMENDMENT – Delicate Documents of History signed by President Lincoln-Our national treasures

Not long ago, I was watching a reporter who went to the beaches to interview some young people, roughly in their twenties.    The reporter asked this question, “Who is your favorite founding father?”    A moment of silence and glances passed.  Finally one lovely young lady, said, “What is a founding father?”

As an educator, I nearly fell off my chair!   How did this American get through school without knowing about the “Founding Fathers”?   Someone had failed to teach or she had failed to listen.   Regardless, I thought it important to think about those in our history who took a stand during a difficult time in American history with cultural and ethical problems…one being slavery.

Passing of the 13th Amendment by the House to abolish slavery forever

Below is a video showing an important document in our nation, the 13th Amendment.  I wonder if the young adults on the beach or older adults would know what this important document did for a young nation struggling to rise to new heights during  a bloody civil war?  Putting one’s signature to a document that would stir great emotional reactions and opinions was risky business.  These men signed what was right for all the people of a nation instead of  “correctness ” of this era.

Take a close look at this national treasure, signed by many courageous people along with President Lincoln.  Perhaps it would be good to ask someone if they know how this document changed the course of American history?

FEBRUARY 1, 1865   a Congressional Resolution to end slavery forever:

“NEITHER SLAVERY NOR INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE WILL EXIST IN THE UNITED STATES OR THE LANDS UNDER ITS CONTROL.”    The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United Sates of America 

Restoration of the document was done by the Graphic Conservation  Company of Illinois.

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