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The U.S. Constitution


Amendment 13 (1865)


Amendment XIII


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
power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.





Supercedes a Portion of: Article IV, Section 2

Passed by Congress: January 31, 1865

Ratified: December 6, 1865

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