The Promises of Freedom: The Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment

13 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2013  

William M. Carter, Jr.

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: November 15, 2013

Abstract

This article, an expanded version of the author's remarks at the 2013 Honorable Clifford Scott Green Lecture at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, illuminates the history and the context of the Thirteenth Amendment. This article contends that the full scope of the Thirteenth Amendment has yet to be realized and offers reflections on why it remains an underenforced constitutional norm. Finally, this article demonstrates the relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment to addressing contemporary forms of racial inequality and subordination.

Keywords: Thirteenth Amendment, badges and incidents of slavery, Constitutional interpretation, original intent, discrimination, Critical Race Theory, civil rights, racial equality, slavery, abolition, judicial interpretation, legislative history, United States, jurisprudence, Jones v. Alfred H. Myer Co.

JEL Classification: K19, K30, K39, K49, J71

Suggested Citation

Carter, Jr., William M., The Promises of Freedom: The Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment (November 15, 2013). Temple Law Review, Vol. 85, p. 867, 2013; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-41. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2357262

William M. Carter, Jr. (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
412-648-1420 (Phone)

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