Thirteenth Article Of Amendment To The Constitution For The United States

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Thirteenth Article Of Amendment To The Constitution For The United States

Because of the difference between the northern and the southern territory in handling the point about slaves someone, probably someone who lived in the south, made the 13th amendment to make it equal.

The 13th amendment was passed in January 1865. Lincoln helped it a little with bringing it thru the congress to make it pass and changing it a little of the text. Basically Lincoln did not really like it, but he knew if he would not make it pass the north would split from the south once more.

The amendment said:

"Section 1: Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for for crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist in the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction

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

The confederates liked this article because it would make the economy in the two halves of the United States more equal. Lincoln used it tactical to take reasons from the confederates away to split the country up. Because it takes free worker away from the north people they did not like it.

After it passed all slaves were free if they had a work and were not in jail because someone found them doing nothing. The south people cheered and got back a little of their trust into their government.