On this day in 1865, the adoption of the 13th Amendment, (the first of the Reconstruction amendments) which abolished slavery in America, is proclaimed by the Republican Party.
Via Wikipedia: The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on January 31, 1865, and adopted on December 6, 1865. On December 18, 1865, Secretary of State William H. Seward proclaimed it to have been adopted. It was the first of the three Reconstruction Amendments adopted following the American Civil War.
The Republican Party was founded on the ideal of Freedom and Liberty for all. It was proven in the fire of the Civil War, and has held up now for the last 148 years. America never truly knew equality and freedom until the Republican Party arrived, and the GOP remains the last redoubt, the last bastion dedicated to keeping that Hope and Dream alive for everyone – now and forever.