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Democratic lawmakers to introduce anti-slavery constitutional amendment

Democratic lawmakers to introduce anti-slavery constitutional amendment

Your gift makes PBS NewsHour possible.Leave a commentcommentsNEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers are expected on Wednesday to introduce a joint resolution aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America’s foundational documents.The resolution, spearheaded and supported by Democratic members of the House and Senate, would amend the 13th Amendment’s ban on chattel enslavement to expressly prohibit involuntary servitude as a punishment for crime. As ratified, the original amendment has permitted exploitation of labor by convicted felons for over...

December 2, 2020
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