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    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?

Martha with flower

Johnson's daughter Martha found unframed portraits of J.Q. Adams, Van Buren, Tyler, Polk, Fillmore, and Pierce in the White House attic. They were framed and hung on the state floor. President Johnson enjoyed escorting guests through the hall to show the paintings.