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Obama Reflects on Anniversary of Abolition of Slavery

President Barack Obama stood at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and reflected on the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
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Sunday marked the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, bringing the abolition of slavery to the United States.

Commemorating the day, President Barack Obama stood at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and reflected on the fight for progress.

The Amendment declared that “Neither slaver nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the Untied States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” according to the Library of Congress. The Amendment passed through Congress on January 31, 1865, and was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.

Below is a selection of his speech that should generate thought among all our readers:

Mark Trahant