Today in History | National Review

Today in History | National Review

Today is December 6, the anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery.

Did Thaddeus Stevens actually say of the amendment and Abraham Lincoln: “The greatest measure of the 19th century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America”? Maybe not, but it is a good and true observation.

There are many things to think about and remember on this day. One thing worth meditating on is the fact that there was a time when the Republican Party knew what power was for and what to do with it.

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