Welcome to a new month here at Mama’s Learning Corner with the On This Day in American History series!
On this day in American History, February 1, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.
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February 1 – Abraham Lincoln Signs the 13th Amendment
Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th amendment on February 1, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime.
1.) Read the 13th amendment. Summarize it in your own words.
2.) Look up the word ‘reconstruct’ in your dictionary and write the complete definition, including the part of speech.
3.) The 13th amendment is considered one of the three Reconstruction Amendments. The 14th and 15th amendments are the others considered to be Reconstruction Amendments.
Research the following and write the answers in your Notebook of Knowledge:
- What years does the period of Reconstruction include?
- The Civil War occurred from 1861-1865. Do you think ‘Reconstruction Era’ is an accurate name for this time period. Explain why you do or do not believe this to be accurate in a paragraph in your notebook.
If you are new to On This Day in American History
If you are new to On This Day in American History, Welcome!
Each day, I share an interesting event that occurred in our nation’s past. You will learn about famous Americans, interesting inventions and their patents, American art and music, and more.
You will also find suggested activities – labeled “To do” – if you would like to research this during your homeschool’s group time in the morning, or you can assign the activities for your children to work on independently.
If you think you will do more than one day of On This Day in American History, I would encourage you to have your child keep what I call a Notebook of Knowledge. A spiral notebook or sheets of paper stapled together is more than adequate!
Have your child write the day’s event and the date at the top of his paper. If there are writing activities, have him use his best composition, grammar, and penmanship as he completes the answers. After just a few weeks or even a month, he will have an excellent resource to read through!
If you would like to use this resource throughout the month, you might be interested in purchasing the full February Calendar. It contains:
- Access to the webpage with all of the February events listed, including all suggested activities for each daily event.
- A .pdf of the February Calendar, listed in chronological order with all suggested activities
- All necessary downloads to complete the assigned activities. These same downloads are linked on the webpage, however, they are also included here for easy access.
- The answers to any questions asked in the daily activities.
You can purchase that here: