Illinois was First State to Ratify the 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery 154 years ago today
It seems fitting that Illinois would be the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution since Illinois’ adopted son, Abraham Lincoln, would become known as the Great Emancipator on January 1, 1863, by the executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation. The 13th Amendment states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as... Read more »