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unchainedIt wasn’t enough to win the Civil War. It had to be written into the Constitution so that it could never happen again, no matter what. On this date in 1865, Abraham Lincoln submitted to Congress the Thirteenth Amendment to The Constitution, making today


The Civil War was not yet over, but the Confederacy was crumbling, and The Union was laying down the law for peacetime, and forever. Although full ratification would not be until December of that year, after Lincoln’s assassination, slavery was abolished, period, amen, don’t even think about it. Here it is, the entire Thirteenth Amendment, short and sweet:

“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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