The U.S. Constitution
Amendment 13 (1865)
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.
power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.have
Supercedes a Portion of: Article IV, Section 2
Passed by Congress: January 31, 1865
Ratified: December 6, 1865