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While many believe slavery to have ended with Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, this was far from the case. That presidential order freed the slaves only in the rebellious Southern states.  The measure did not apply to slave states such as Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, parts of Virginia and Louisiana that were occupied by Northern troops.  Lincoln himself clearly indicated that its intention was to disrupt the Southern economy and society, with the slaves themselves being merely pawns in the game. While abolition sentiment had long run high in the North, it was by no means unanimous and at its outset, the War was more about states rights. However, an emotional abolition movement gained strength with each passing year until by the Wars end many considered it to be the chief issue in the conflict. 

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution officially outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. It was passed by the more contentious Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on January 31, 1865, and adopted on December 6, 1865.

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