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Copy of Proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09040 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Pamphlets Date: 30 April 1861 Pagination: 4 p.

Summary of Content: Amendment to the Constitution concerning slavery. "...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, including that of persons held to labour or service by the laws of said State." Transmitted to the Maryland House of Delegates.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: US Constitution, Slavery

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation