The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

The 13th Amendment
The Thirteenth Amendment permanently ended slavery throughout the United States, finishing what the Emancipation Proclamation started and finally bringing abolitionists to their goal of emancipation.

Section 1.
"Neither slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment of crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Section 2.

"Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."                             
                                                                                                                                                 - 13th Amendment, U.S. Constitution
  • Freed slaves in all states, including those in the Border States
  • Union didn't have to worry about the Border States seceding, since the war was over 

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