President Trump issued a statement to mark the 155th anniversary of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that ended slavery in the country. In the president’s words, “In tribute to the millions of people who – in spite of justice – were oppressed through the repressive institution of slavery,” we reaffirm the enduring principle of American statehood that “all people have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Recalling that on December 6, 1865, Georgia became the 27th state to ratify the 13th Amendment, permanently securing the end of slavery, Trump stressed that this moment marked the beginning of a new era in US history.
The President highlighted the enormous contribution that African Americans have made to the history and culture of the country.
He also stressed that the adoption of the 13th amendment put an end to the split of the country into free states and those where slavery was still preserved.
Recalling the historic victories of the United States, in particular – over fascism and communism, the president declared the Americans’ determination to “continue to work to strengthen the bonds of unity” in society.