13th Amendment

By: Brandon and Mark

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Opening Statement

The 19th century was one of the darkest periods in our country's history. For most of that time, slavery was a major theme. it wasn't until 1865 that the 13th amendment became active and slavery was abolished.

Define:

The 13th amendment states "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." This means that no person can own another person inside the United States or any of its territories.
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Causes

Slavery had been a problem for many years in the northern states of America which helped lead to the civil war. The 13th amendment was one of the primary products after the civil war, which officially ended slavery.

Characteristics

In a nut shell, it is completely illegal to own humans under the 13th amendment. The amendment ensures that slavery is a crime and that you will be punished. It has also made all Americans closer to becoming equal citizens.

Significance

The 13th amendment has had one of the biggest and greatest impacts on America. It has abolished the act of owning another person from our country forever, it is still in affect even today.
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Conclusion

In conclusion the 13th amendment is very important for our country. We believe that without it, America would be a terrible place where people own other people. Without it, America would not be a true place of freedom. Slavery was very wrong, and the 13th amendment finally took charge to get rid of it forever.
History Short: the 13th Amendment