Always remember my late “great uncle” in Cuba when I hear about President Lincoln

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As a little boy in Cuba, I would often hear my late great uncle Joaquin talk about Lincoln.    He was a lawyer, law school professor and even served as a judge for a while.  I always remember him whenever we read about the 16th president of the US.

We remember President Lincoln and the story of the 13th Amendment:

“On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

With these words, the single greatest change wrought by the Civil War was officially noted in the Constitution.

President Lincoln showed great leadership in getting members of Congress to vote for the 13th Amendment.   They made a movie about this recently and it is worth watching: