The 13th amendment is one of the Civil War Amendments, along with amendments 14 and 15. The 13th Amendment forbids involuntary service or slavery, unless that is a punishment given for a crime. To be clear, the 13th amendment didn't give slaves equal rights instantly, it did give them a basis for which they could base their fight for freedom off of. Up until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, segregation and degradation of the African-American race occurred in the masses, mainly in the South. The 13th amendment gave African American Civil Rights lawyers a legal basis in which to make their cases off of. In several court cases, it could be used as a justification for the defense. For example, The Scottsboro Boys case where racism took precedent over fact. As someone of African American descent, I find the 13th amendment to be a very important, because of this amendment I am a free citizen in the United States. I find this to be one of the several amendments that are extremely relevant to who I am as an American, yes all of the amendments are important, but some do not apply to everyone.
By Minute Man