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Joint Resolution Proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Joint Resolution Proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

1/31/1865
General Records of the United States Government

This item consists of the resolution proposing the Thirteenth Amendment, which was ratified December 6, 1865, and abolished slavery.

Find further background information and a transcript of this resolution on the list of 100 Milestone Documents of American history on www.ourdocuments.gov.

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Draft resolution to end slavery

This is a draft of a joint resolution that started in the Senate. A joint resolution is a formal opinion adopted by both houses of the legislative branch. A constitutional amendment must be passed as a joint resolution before it is sent to the states for ratification. This particular resolution became the 13th Amendment, ending slavery in the United States in 1865.

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