Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Beck


The influence of the Thirteenth Amendment on the development of affairs in the United States is indeed great. Any measure that changes the destiny of over three million persons and overthrows an institution that had been in existence for over 200 years cannot be ignored. Yet the development of this amendment is usually overlooked in the account of the Civil War period. The purpose of this work is to bring the information concerning the preparation, debate, and ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment into easy reach of the reader. It is not the purpose of this work to discuss the views of President Abraham Lincoln on the question of slavery; these are treated only briefly, but it is the purpose to give the reader an account of the Congressional action dealing with the amendment.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Martin Fred Thonen November, 1971

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