Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | April 19, 2016

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #30

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #30

What is Amendment XIII of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:


Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.

Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.

Section 1.
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.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”


  1. Actually, this is one of three amendments ( also 14th and 15th) which were never legally ratified. The Yankees went to war against the Southern states on the principle that no state could secede from the union. Then, after they wore us down in the war, they demanded that we ratify these three amendments as a condition of being “readmitted” to the union. How can you require readmission procedures from entities you claim couldn’t secede in the first place?

    • That’s a really interesting point, David. I’m not sure I ever heard about this bit of history in school, many, many decades ago. Cheers, Ashley

      • Very few history teachers point this out, because it’s not “politically correct.”

      • So true, David. Cheers, Ashley

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