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Excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment

This reading contains excerpts from the Emanicipation Proclimation and the Thirteenth Amendment.
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  • Social Studies
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Excerpt from the Emancipation Proclamation:

That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.
 

The Thirteenth 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.

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Facing History & Ourselves, "Excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment," last updated September 1, 2022.

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