13th Amendment Essay Thesis

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The constitution’s role in ensuring rights to African Americans and women were essential to the growth of the United States of America. The constitution set standards to what is acceptable in American law and what is not, those standards ensured that no race, gender, or ethnicity be treated differently or with discrimination. The constitution was essential in embedding beliefs, standards of living, and ethics in American culture. The constitution created a country where anyone can thrive, and where no one could be deprived of “life, liberty or property.” Although the constitution did not abolish slavery originally, after the civil war the 13th amendment was added as the first of three “Reconstruction Amendments.” The 13th amendment abolished involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime. The 13th amendment set the standard for what type of work is acceptable and what is not acceptable in America. When the 13th amendment was passed, many states did not approve of it, but it was still approved on a federal level so it was implemented in every state. As long as a state is part of the United States of America, it does not have the power to refuse to implement a law or act that is passed by the federal government or added to the …show more content…

The 13th amendment made it illegal for African Americans to be slaves, but it did still allow discrimination against African Americans or people of different race, ethnicity, and origin. The 15th amendment ensured that every citizen had the right to vote despite their race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The 15th amendment did not just ensure a right, but it created a bridge that connected American beliefs to every American, not just white Americans. Racism and segregation still existed, but the extreme side of it was made illegal and unacceptable in American

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