Slavery Amendment Law and Legal Definition

Slavery amendment is an amendment to the U.S. constitution that formally abolished slavery system in the U.S. This clause still continues to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude except as a punishment for a crime. This amendment is officially known as the thirteenth amendment to the constitution. The thirteenth amendment was ratified in 1865. This amendment is considered as the first reconstruction amendment. The thirteenth amendment to the Constitution reads as:

“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, nor any place subject to their jurisdiction”.