The Sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States formally abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It codified and extended President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which had decreed the freedom of slaves in the Confederate States. The Thirteenth Amendment was the first of the three Reconstruction Amendments adopted following the Civil War. It was ratified on December 6, 1865.
The Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to present our video interview with our Publications Director Clare Cushman and Jeffrey Gonda, winner of the 2014 Hughes-Gossett Award.. His new book is Unjust Deeds: The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement.
The Supreme Court Historical Society Video Collection presents our video interview with our Publications Director Clare Cushman and the Griswold Prize winner Kevin McMahon.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC) seeks proposals for a scholarly book on the history of the creation and the first 25 years of the Court. Please click here for the full proposal and further information.
The Society's headquarters is located at Opperman House, 224 East Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Opperman House has two important resources: The Goldman Library and the Membership Lounge. The Goldman Library has a conference table suitable for small meetings and luncheons. The books housed therein have been collected through the efforts of Professor James B. O'Hara, a Trustee of the Society, and comprise an outstanding collection of judicial biographies, Justices' writings, and histories of the Court.
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