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This Day in Georgia History

December 09, 1865

Georgia Ratified 13th Amendment

Provisional governor James Johnson signed a joint resolution of the General Assembly ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - one of the conditions of Reconstruction. Three days earlier, the necessary three-fourths of the states had ratified the amendment, though formal proclamation of its adoption did not come from the U.S. Secretary of State until Dec. 18, 1865. In any event, for the first time in history, slavery was abolished throughout the United States.