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User Name: Bruce Johnson
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Topic: National Freedom Day
Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:39:25 AM
I absolutely agree with the intent. And celebrating the 13th Amendment is very worthwhile. That said, this particular day is sort of an odd choice. Lincoln's act of signing the 13th Amendment had absolutely no legal affect, as the President has no role in the Constitutional process of passing amendments. So if you wish to celebrate the passing of the amendment, January 31 is the more appropriate day. (I do respect his wish to make clear his full support - indeed he had been hard at work for much of the previous year working Congress to pass it.)

Of course, to niggle a bit - the amendment was not actually in effect until completion of RATIFICATION by 3/4 of the state legislatures. That hurdle was passed on December 6, 1865, and officially announced on December 18. One of these two days (to be most technical, the latter) might also qualify as "Freedom Day".