From the moment of original conception, the constitution of the United States has been seen as a flawed governing document. When the document was preliminarily proposed, the contents of it were met by many politicians with negative reactions and met by many others with passionate acceptance. Many of those who rejected the immediate implementation of the Constitution as it was agreed with the points created by it, however, they found it lacking in several ways. These men desired a change that provided additional rights to the people. The Bill of Rights that was desired by those critical of the Constitution was implemented as a series of ten amendments. After the addition of these amendments, other problems were seen. An eleventh amendment was added in 1795, while the twelfth in 1804. Many years passed before the thirteenth amendment was finally ratified, however much discussion had aroused regarding it for decades. The thirteenth amendment had brought slavery, a subject met by many people over centuries with controversy, to its legal end in the United States. The proposal of the amendment, its implementation into law, and its impact on Americans are important regarding the amendment. While the importation of slaves was previously banned in the United States in 1808, this did not require slavers to give up their slaves in any way. Later, in 1863, the sixteenth president of the United States Abraham Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation. Though misinterpreted by many a student, teacher, or researcher alike, this proclamation did not end slavery at all. While the two laws together seem like a ban against slavery, the combination of the two did not cover everything shadowed by the dark traces of the cruel practice of slavery. While it had become illegal to import new people from Africa to be enslaved, slavery was still completely legal, only ending the trade of such sorts between countries. Years later the emancipation proclamation granted all those bound by the dark treacherous clutches of their real and metaphorical fetters freedom from enslavement they so previously were mercilessly subject to. This also did not apply to the Confederation, as their attempted secession led to those states feeling exempt from following those laws. At the end of the same year and the very start of the following year, two proposals were made, vigorously backed up by Lincoln, that would abolish slavery totally. President Lincoln tried to get the abolition of slavery into the Republican party platform, using it as a key way of getting support and making his message clearer. While a counter-amendment was created to prevent any abolition of slavery against the wish of the individual state, the amendment failed, allowing the thirteenth to be accepted. When voted on by the senate, the vote came to 38 to 6, the vote being in favor of the implementation of the amendment. While this seemed like a good outlook for those wanting slavery abolished, the same positive outcome was not reciprocated by the House of Representatives when it came to their vote. After a full year, the reintroduction of the amendment proved successful. While it was passed in the first month of 1865, the ratification of it did not occur until December of that year. This amendment was added to the constitution with a decade of the next two, all setting a precedent for equality.