Thirteenth Amendment

Abolition of Slavery

Alters Article IV, section 2, clause 3 of the Constitution. Ratified on December, 6, 1865.

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.”

Section 2

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