The Final Struggles: September 1864 to April 1865

To Make Men Free

How accurate is the scene on the floor of the House of Representatives in Lincoln?

Again, it is well done. The House was a chummier place in 1865 than it is today, but party lines were also sharply drawn. Ad hominen attacks took place frequently, as people on all sides of the chamber pursued the policies they believed were correct.

Members of Congress celebrate after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in this Harper’s Weekly illustration.


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