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Thirteenth Amendment 

  • Amdt13.1  Thirteenth Amendment: Historical Background
  • 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.

    • Amdt13.S1.1 Prohibition on Slavery and Involuntary Servitude
  • Section 2

    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    • Amdt13.S2.1 Enforcing the Thirteenth Amendment
      • Amdt13.S2.1.1 Enforcement Clause