What's Different About the Thirteenth Amendment, and Why Does It Matter?
James Gray Pope
Rutgers Law School - Newark
December 1, 2011
Maryland Law Review, Vol. 71, pp. 189-202, 2011
Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper
This symposium contribution discusses four basic features of the Thirteenth Amendment that appear both to be unique and to raise important interpretive issues. Because they are unique, they call for interpretive judgments of unfamiliar and difficult kinds. In addition, the essay considers three purported features that have been described as unique in the past, but that appear illusory upon reflection. If the current surge of scholarly interest in the Amendment is to have any impact on the case law, questions connected to each of these seven features will likely contribute importantly to its shaping.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Thirteenth Amendment, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Interpretation, Individual Rights, Slavery, Involuntary Servitudeworking papers series
Date posted: September 12, 2012 ; Last revised: September 13, 2012
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