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Roger Rosentreter, speaker

On January 1, 1863, Detroit's African Americans enthusiastically celebrated the day's most momentous news–President Abraham Lincoln had used his war-powers to sign the Emancipation Proclamation; America's divisive "peculiar institution" was another step closer to its ultimate demise. Yet, Lincoln understood his actions required constitutional confirmation. In early 1865, Congress adopted the 13th Amendment declaring slavery was dead. In the days immediately after the war ended–as the defeated Rebels sought to re-enslave the four million freedmen–Congress affirmed the equal rights of America's newest citizens by adopting the 14th and 15th Amendments. Learn about this turbulent time from Michigan State University professor, Roger Rosentreter.

 

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