Spain adopts modern constitution

On December 6, 1978, Spain adopted its modern constitution by referendum. It laid the foundation for democratic government in the country after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. The event is celebrated annually in Spain as Constitution Day.

13th Amendment ended slavery in the United States

On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, formally ending slavery in the United States.

Watch Professor Michael Vorenberg of Brown University discuss his 2001 book Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery and the Thirteenth Amendment.

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