Amendment xiii abolition of slavery passed by congress january 31 1865 ratified december 6 1865 it is overshadowed by the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments which seem to go even further this language had never before appeared in a constitutional amendment but it echoed the famous words of mcculloch v. The thirteenth amendment amendment xiii 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. Slavery and involuntary servitude in constitutional law retain the essential meaning intended by the framers of the thirteenth amendment and congressional legislation under its enforcement clause . Amendment 13 slavery abolished back table of contents next 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 2
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