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Proposed 13th Amendment
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March 2, 1861 Congress adopts a proposed 13th Amendment, making it illegal to interfer with the "domestic institutions" of the states


Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following article be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which, when ratified by three-fourths of said Legislatures, shall be valid, to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution, viz.:

Article Thirteen.

No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.

APPROVED, March 2, 1861.

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Proposed 13th Amendment was last changed on - January 4, 2007
Proposed 13th Amendment was added on - December 30, 2006




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