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Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution


Amendment Xiii


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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.
    • Slavery in the United States 

    • Proposal and ratification 

    • Effects 

    • Congressional and executive enforcement 

    • Penal labor exemption 

    • Judicial interpretation 

    • Prior proposed Thirteenth Amendments