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The Thirteenth Amendment outlawing slavery is announced as now the law of the land.

Legislative Iconic image, U.S. Capitol, 2008
12/18/1865
The proposed Thirteenth Amendment had passed the House of Representatives earlier in the year and embarked on its long road toward ratification by the required number of states.  William Henry Seward, Secretary of State, announced on this date that twenty-seven of the thirty-six states had passed the ratification legislation and the required majority of states had been met.  The end of slavery in the United States was complete and its  prohibition was the law of the land.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1865 ... (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1869), 810. 
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