|Proclamation of the Secretary
of State announcing the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the
Constitution, December 18, 1865,
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In less than fifty words, the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery in the United States.
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.
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