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The 13th Amendment

Amendment XIII

On December 6th, 1865 the 13th Amendment was adopted into the United States Constitution. The 13th Amendment officially abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.

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.

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