The Abolition of Slavery in the United States

William M., Jr. Carter

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI:
The Abolition of Slavery in the United States

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This chapter examines the badges and events of slavery in the history of America. It presents some suggested lessons that can be taken from American history to inform the movement to put an end to modern slavery. It discusses the drafting of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which signalled the legal end of slavery in the country. It then shows how the history and context of this Amendment gave relevant lessons for efforts to end slavery in the contemporary world. This chapter also emphasizes the need for modern advocates, judges, and lawmakers to recognize that abolishing slavery needs a wide and developing understanding of the conditions that emerge from enslavement.

Keywords: modern slavery; American history; Thirteenth Amendment; legal end of slavery

Chapter.  11035 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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