Unformatted text preview: Thirteenth Amendment. The amendment’s enabling clause empowers Congress to “pass all laws necessary and proper for abolishing all badges and incidents of slavery in the United States.” The right to inherit, purchase, lease, sell and convey is a fundamental right guaranteed to all citizens. The court concludes its opinion in saying “at the very least, the freedom that Congress is empowered to secure under the Thirteenth Amendment includes the freedom to buy, the right to live wherever a white man can live. If Congress cannot say that being a free man means at least this much, then the Thirteenth Amendment made a promise the Nation cannot keep.”...
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- Fall '08
- Supreme Court of the United States, Thirteenth Amendment