The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. In Congress, it was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865.
Though it provided promise of a vastly different life for the formerly enslaved, so many loopholes made it woefully ineffective.
The outlet to freedom essentially still allowed for new forms of covert and overt slavery to take place due to lack of the enforcement guaranteed in Section 2 of the Amendment.
Many strides towards total equality have been made but the struggle is still real today.