The Jurist is an online legal news service, but in addition to providing updates on legal news (both in the US and abroad), it also publishes a column titled This Day at Law. The purpose of this column is to focus on historical news.  Yesterday, Kyle Webster in Jurist shared the following update via the column  “Today in legal history“:  On December 6, 1865 the 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that “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.”

Related online historical documents can be located via this web guide from the Library of Congress.

Mark Kloempken & Tove Klovning