The Constitution for the United States of America
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.
In today's society we do not need to further abolish slavery. We have declared that all men, and women, are created equal.
It is interesting to note that this Amendment was the first to have a specific number associated with it by Congress. It was given the number 13.
There was already a 13th Amendment that was submitted to the States in 1810 and from the information that has been located in State Houses and Libraries across the country, was ratified in 1812, certainly no later than 1819, and then published as part of our Constitution over the next fifty years, with the last being in 1876.
The Government now says it was never properly passed, but all of the States published it in their law books, and Congress approved the publication of Territorial Laws containing the now missing 13th Amendment.
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