Abolition! - The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime

Abolition! - The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States...

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The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. Before the 13th amendment, slavery had been tacitly protected in the Constitution through clauses such as the Three-Fifths Compromise. While many slaves had been declared free by President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, their post-war status was uncertain. On April 8, 1864, the Senate passed an amendment to abolish slavery, and although the bill was originally struck down by the House of Representatives, President Lincoln played an

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