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U.S. Constitution - 13th Amendment

Amendment XIII to the U.S. Constitution - Slavery Abolished as a Legal Institution in America

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 the Senate - April 8, 1864

Passed by the House - January 31, 1865

Ratified by the States - December 6, 1865


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