In the years immediately following the American Civil War, there were three significant Amendments to the United States Constitution that were created. They became known as the Reconstruction Amendments. These three Amendments basically helped to create a new way of life for the United States and helped to “reconstruct” the southern states, as well as the northern states after the war. The Amendments were the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments.
The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified in 1865. This amendment declared slavery and involuntary servitude illegal. Although many slaves were set free by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the future of once-enslaved people was still a bit unstable. Hence, the development of the Thirteenth Amendment. The northern states quickly ratified this Amendment, with many bordering states following. With the support of President Johnson, who followed President Lincoln after Lincoln’s assassination, the southern states of Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina also adopted the new Amendment quite quickly.