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Thirteenth Amendment
of the U.S. Constitution

When the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, slavery remained legal only in Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, and New Jersey.
  made slavery unconstitutional
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At the time of this amendment, state action and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had already outlawed slavery in most states.
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  • When the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, slavery remained legal only in Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, and New Jersey.
  • There had been a Thirteenth Amendment ratified sometime before or maybe it had been the Sixteenth Amendment but what ratification meant she had no idea.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Lee had surrendered, Lincoln was dead, and Johnson and Congress were at loggerheads; the Thirteenth Amendment was adopted, the Fourteenth pending, and the Fifteenth declared in force in 1870.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • John B. Henderson of Missouri, one of the Senate’s youngest members, had previously demonstrated high courage by introducing the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, simply because he was convinced that it would pass only if sponsored by a slave-state Senator, whose political death would necessarily follow.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage

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  • With the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in December, the long period of agitation for the abolition of slavery came to an end.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • In all but five of the states freedom was accomplished in fact through the thirteenth amendment.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • The champions of the bill argued that the strengthening of the Freedmen’s Bureau was still a military necessity; that it was needed for the proper carrying out of the Thirteenth Amendment, and was a work of sheer justice to the ex-slave, at a trifling cost to the government.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Such a system is impossible in the more civilized parts of the South, or near the large towns and cities; but in those vast stretches of land beyond the telegraph and the newspaper the spirit of the Thirteenth Amendment is sadly broken.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Such claim as he may have to be remembered as an Emancipator perhaps rests more justly on his behind-the-scenes activity for the thirteenth amendment than on the Proclamation itself.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Thirteenth Amendment [9] , Fourteenth Amendment [8] , Fourteenth Amendment [8] , Nineteenth Amendment [9] , Twenty-sixth Amendment [9]
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