Corwin Amendment

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The Corwin Amendment as it was approved by the House of Representatives, February 28, 1861, and the Senate, March 2, 1861.
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 March 2, 1861. 

[No. 13.] Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States.

 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Proposed amendment to the Constitution.
That the following article be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which, when ratified by three-fourths of said Legislatures, shall be valid, to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution, viz.:

‘‘Article Thirteen.

 ‘‘No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.’’

 Approved, March 2, 1861.


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