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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - #1016

  By the evening hours of Monday, January 30, 1865 there was great anticipation in Washington, D.C. that tomorrow’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives would at long last pass the proposed Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing the institution of slavery.  There were numerous reports of political deals involving Democrats who had previously been opposed to the measure in late 1864.  While the Radical Republicans in the Congress had disagreed with President Lincoln on a number of issues, they were solidly with him on the need to abolish slavery.  That had been the basic reason behind the creation of the Republican Party in the mid-1850s; passage of the Thirteenth Amendment also would constitutionally strengthen the Emancipation Proclamation which many, including Lincoln, maintained was strictly a wartime measure.