Class Year

2017

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

Spring 4-10-2017

Department

Civil War Institute

Abstract

At around 5:20AM on March 4, 1861—Inauguration Day—the Senate voted 24-12 to pass a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would permanently preserve slavery in the states where it currently existed. If successfully ratified, it would become the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution—and hopefully avert the secession crisis and the impending Civil War. However, only six states had ratified the amendment by early 1862, and the amendment died soon after. The last attempt to stop the Civil War, an attempt which had been in the works since shortly after the presidential election, had failed.

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This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.

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