The shift in position that this law passing showed was an adavance although otherwise it did little to gain that title. It was mostly a measure of war designed to destabilize the South, and was weakly enforcced if at all.
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
This precursor to the final Emancipation Proclamation, issued by Araham Lincoln was as much an act of military strategy as abolitionism.
It allowed the South four monthes to cease their rebellion or all slaves would be emancipated.
The proclamation freed all slaves in states that had not returned to the Union. It had no effect whatsoever on those behing Union lines.
Senate Adopts the 13th Amendment
The Senate adopted the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution, officially ending slavery in the United States.
Congress Grants Equal Pay
Equal pay is granted to all soldiers in the Union Army, regardless of race.
House adopts 13th Amendment
The House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment.
Civil War Ends
13th Amendment Ratified
The 13th amendmeent is ratified. Slavery is officially abolished in the Untied States.
Civil Rights Act Passed
This Civil Rights act would, for a few years anyway, equalized the rights of Blacks in the United States.
This would put a damper on most of the civil rights progress that had been made, and little other progress would made for nearly 90 years.