13th Amendment

  • Abolition is Not Complete

    by Eric Foner

    The exception included in the 13th Amendment allowing involuntary labor on conviction of a crime was a holdover from prior laws; its authors certainly never intended to enable a system of prison labor, and the amendment should be amended. 

  • Kanye West calls for the abolition of the 13th Amendment

    The 13th Amendment states: “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.”

  • 13th Amendment ratified in MS!

    Mississippi lawmakers have officially ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned slavery in 1865.One hundred forty-eight years after three-fourths of the states voted to approve the amendment, Mississippi's legislature finally took steps to fix the glaring oversight last month. According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the decision was inspired by the Oscar-nominated film "Lincoln," which depicts the 16th president's efforts to enact the amendment.