What Does the 13th Amendment Say?

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The 13th Amendment states that 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, apart from as a penalty for crime whereof the party shall have been accordingly convicted, shall exist within the US, nor any place subject to their authority.' Officially abolishing slavery in the US, the amendment was passed on January 31, 1865 by the Congress, and approved by the states on December 6, 1865.
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The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime... More »
Ratified: December 6, 1865
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