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To Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds: An Overview of the Thirteenth Amendment

Presenter: 
Lauranett L. Lee
Duration: 
(00:53:42)

On April 14, 2012, Lauranett Lee, curator of African American history at the VHS, delivered a lecture entitled "To Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds: An Overview of the Thirteenth Amendment." This talk highlights the historical significance of the document. Other speakers during the lecture included Edward L. Ayers and Sen. Henry Marsh. (Introduction by Edward L. Ayers and Sen. Henry Marsh)