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Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- Ratified 1865

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The first of the so-called Civil War Amendments, the Thirteenth Amendment permanently abolished slavery throughout the nation.

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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.


Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution