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Both houses of Congress had passed this resolution by Lincoln's last months of life. Their goal, and his goal, was to insure that the gains made during the war to end slavery would not be reversed after the war. Once it was ratified by enough states in December 1865, the amendment banned the institution of slavery across the country and in U.S. territories. It was the pivotal first step toward racial equality.