The Thirteenth Amendment*

03 Feb

Amendment 13 – Slavery Abolished. Ratified 12/6/1865. History

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

This is a  big one.  We fought a civil war to make this one part of the Constitution.  Except that it took a war to get there, and it was a long time in coming, this amendment clearly demonstrates that the Constitution is a living document that can be altered in a way consistent with the ideal laid out within it.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.


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  1. J.C.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Hi! If your readers don’t have a copy already, here’s a link for a free copy of the Declaration of Independence & Constitution:

    • Robert

      February 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      Thanks. I hope you ordered one. It is fascinating reading given how it’s being distorted by some of our leaders. Hopefully, we are getting back on track. This amendment is one of the finest.


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