• Andrew Johnson with Sioux delegation at White House

    Andrew Johnson

    National Historic Site Tennessee

The 13th Amendment

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. It was adopted in 1865.

Section 1
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as 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 the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Did You Know?

Snuffbox

Delos Lake, CA District Attorney during Andrew Johnson’s administration, sent a snuff box to Johnson “made from the product of our State of California – the workmanship by one of our citizins, and the quartz gold forming the cover represents the mining District of Grass Valley.”