One thought on “January 31, 1865: Congressional Passage of the Thirteenth Amendment

  1. Noma February 4, 2015 / 4:18 pm

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


    “Except as a punishment for crime.”

    Can we discuss this exception in relation to the rise of For-Profit prisons? It seems that this exception actually opens the way to a modern version of slavery, in the form of mass incarceration.

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