Resolution for the 13th Amendment

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In a major departure from prior law, the United States Congress proposed a Resolution abolishing American slavery.  This is the original resolution, proposing that amendment. 

Before he was assassinated, President Lincoln pushed hard for Congress to pass this Amendment. That happened on January 31, 1865. The next day, Lincoln signed the paperwork which sent the proposed amendment to the States for approval.

When it was ratified, by a majority of the States, it became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It contains these words:

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.

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