Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
The 13th Amendment: Slavery is still legal under one condition
History Brief: The Impact of the 13th Amendment
Amendment 13 explainer
History Brief: the 13th Amendment
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. In Congress, it was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865. The amendment was ratified by the required number of states on December 6, 1865. On December 18, 1865, Secretary of State William H. Seward proclaimed its adoption. It was the first of the three Reconstruction Amendments adopted following the American Civil War.