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February 1, 1865
13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery


The acceptance of the concept of slavery - the idea of one person 'owning' another - is one of the most obvious hurdles that had to be overcome in the pursuit of creating a better world. Unbelievably, slavery was only outlawed in the United States a century and a half ago, and the journey towards the abolition of slavery was a slow and difficult victory fought by many over many years. Spain passed the first laws in Europe abolishing slavery in 1542, although the law was not enforced. In the 1600s, Quakers in England condemned it as un-Christian. Many of the writers of the Enlightenment in the mid-17th and early 18th century criticized slavery, pointing out that it was one of the most significant violations of the natural rights of all people. The British movement to abolish slavery was launched in 1772 and in the late 18th century the call for an end to slavery became very widespread, although colonies and new nations that arose, like America, where slavery was established, continued to use slaves. After the American Revolution, starting with Pennsylvania in 1780, many of the northern states began to outlaw slavery. In 1833, Britain abolished slavery throughout the British Empire; France did the same in 1848; and the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery in the United States in 1865 after a bloody civil war that was somewhat fought over this issue. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, condemned slavery around the world and in 1981 Mauritania became the last country to abolish legal slavery. Fortunately, human consciousness has evolved so that slavery is almost universally seen as a grave injustice, and it is illegal almost everywhere on earth. However, we still have more to do to banish this violation of freedom, because slavery still exists today in the form of human trafficking for labor and sexual bondage; in fact there are more slaves now than ever before in history.


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MILESTONES

c.380 BC
"Republic"

1215
Magna Carta

1516
"Utopia"

1528
"On Civil Power"

1625
"On The Law
of War and Peace"

1648
Peace of Westphalia

1650-1799
Enlightenment

1689
"Two Treatises of Government"

1762
"Social Contract"

July 4, 1776
US Declaration of Independence

September 17, 1787
US Constitution

August 26, 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

September 25, 1789
US Bill of Rights

1793
Department of Peace

1795
"Perpetual Peace"

May 18, 1899
Hague Peace Conference

1901
Nobel Peace Prize

January 8, 1918
14 Points

June 28, 1919
League of Nations

1933
The New Deal

January 6, 1941
The Four Freedoms

October 24, 1945
The United Nations

August, 1947
World Federalist Movement

December 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1955
"Let There Be
Peace On Earth"

1956
The Beloved Community

1960-1963
The New Frontier

1963-1969
The Great Society

1970
Earth Day

October 11, 1971
"Imagine"

1981
International Day of Peace

1985
77 Theses on the Care of the Earth

1988
Global Cooperation for a Better World

1991
Earth Constitution

1992
UNESCO
Culture of Peace Programme

1992
"4000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World"

1995
Earth Magna Charta

1995
"When Corporations Rule The World"

1996
"Peace On Earth Millennium"

1997
Appeal of the Nobel Laureates

1998
"Conscious Evolution"

May 11-15, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace

January 1, 2000
One Day In Peace

June 29, 2000
The Earth Charter

September, 2000
Millennium Development Goals

January 25-30, 2001
World Social Forum

October, 2001
"Better World Handbook"

2005
Clinton Global Initiative

July 18, 2007
The Elders

September 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street