What Are The Pros And Cons Of The 13th Amendment?


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The thirteenth amendment to the US constitution was responsible for abolishing and outlawing slavery.

The pros of this amendment were the freeing of slaves and the beginning of equal rights in the United States. In my opinion, there were no real cons to the 13th amendment.

What were the pros to the 13th amendment?
Although the 13th amendment didn't quite provide equality for African-Americans outright, it paved the way for the civil rights movement, and created a legal basis from which black people could launch their battle for justice.

It marked the changing of the tides - without the ratification of the 13 amendment, none of the subsequent civil rights victories would have been possible.

What were the cons of the 13th amendment?
I firmly believe that there were no real negatives that came out of the 13th amendment. However, some people might argue that America's economy was impacted by the end of what was essentially free labor.

But, if you look at the long term financial and social contribution that African-Americans have made to the United States, I think it's fair to say that America wouldn't be the superpower it is today without the 13th amendment.

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