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13th Amendment - Abolition of Slavery
Aug 14, 2011, 7:19am

13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865) - Transcript


Section 1.
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.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.

Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment

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