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‘Neither Slavery Nor Involuntary Servitude…’

Today we celebrate one of the great milestones of American history, the abolition by law of our national “original sin” of slavery. Ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment followed soon after the end of the Civil War. 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.
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