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Abolishing Slavery - 2

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S.R. 16, 38th Congress
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S.R. 16, 38th Congress

This Senate resolution became the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States or any place subject to its jurisdiction and gave Congress the power to pass legislation necessary to enforce the amendment. Submitted to the states on January 31, 1865, its ratification was completed within the year, on December 6, 1865.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration