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Amendments to the Constitutions of the Confederate States of America and the United States of America, from 1865, in the "No Gettysburg" Timeline

Confederate States Amendments, from 1865

AMENDMENT I. The Internal Improvements Amendment - Proposed by The Confederate Congress May 6, 1885; Ratified October 17, 1885 1. A National Land and Sea Transport Board shall be created by, and serve under the direction of, the Congress of the Confederate States. Members shall be appointed by the Congress and approved by the President of the Confederacy. The Board shall be composed of one member from each Confederate State and their term shall run concurrent to that of the President of the Confederacy and shall be ineligible for re-election.

2. The National Land and Sea Transport Board shall be funded by the States, according to population. Funding shall be determined by the Congress of the Confederate States of America.

3. Whenever improvements to land or sea are undertaken in which such improvements would benefit and do traverse two or more States of the Confederacy, the National Land and Sea Transport Board shall be empowered to recommend to Congress appropriate funding to complete such projects, administer and oversee the distribution of National resources employed, and manage costs and services incurred on such projects. In these areas, the Board shall be accountable to the Congress of the Confederate States.

4. The Board shall have no jurisdiction when internal improvements occur within, and are fully funded, a single State.

AMENDMENT II. Abolition of Slavery - Proposed August 25, 1888; Ratified November 8, 1888

1. The institution of slavery or involuntary servitude, other than as a punishment for crime after due process of law under the Constitution of the Confederate States or the several States of which comprises it, shall not exist in any State or any territory subject to the jurisdiction of the Confederate States of America.

AMENDMENT III. National Minimum Wage Amendment - Proposed by the Confederate Congress February 15, 1920; Ratified September 4, 1920.

1. All who work and reside in the Confederate States shall receive a Minimum Daily Wage, such to be determined by the Congress of the Confederate States on a yearly basis. 2. Those in servitude shall be exempt from this Amendment.


AMENDMENT IV. Labor Equalization Amendment - Proposed by the Confederate Congress, April 15, 1920; Ratified October 1, 1922

1. Each slave held within the Confederate States shall be subject to annual taxation to be paid into the national treasury by their owners, equal to the average annual Wage of one free Confederate worker.

2. The manner, amount and implementation of such taxation shall be determined by Congress, which is enabled by this Amendment to support it with appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT V. Proceeds of the Labor Taxation Amendment - First Proposed in 1909, when it failed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 84 to 97. Proposed again and passed September 1, 1922; Ratified, October 1, 1922

1. Fifty percent of all taxation received into the Treasury of the Confederate States as a result of taxation upon slave owners designed to be an equivalent to wages of free Confederates, shall be allocated by the Confederate Congress towards only the re-colonization of freed slaves in territories not within the Confederacy.


AMENDMENT VI. Former Presidents as At-Large Senators - Proposed October 18, 1922; Ratified November 18, 1922

1. Every President of the Confederate States of America, having completed his term of office and a period of six years having followed, shall be granted a seat on the floor of the Senate as a non-voting Member At-Large, which shall be held for life.

2. This amendment shall be enacted immediately upon ratification as called for in the Constitution.



United States Amendments, from 1865

AMENDMENT XIII. Abolition of Slavery - Proposed July 13, 1865; Ratified December 2, 1865

1. 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 territory or place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT XIV. Secession Forbidden - Proposed August 29, 1871; Ratified November 1, 1876

1. No state, having been admitted as a state within the Union consisting of the United States of America, may then secede, leave or separate itself from this Union, which is Perpetual and Indivisible.

2. This Amendment shall not apply to any territory not part of the United States before the year eighteen hundred seventy-one.

AMENDMENT XV. Abolition of the Electoral College- Proposed August 16, 2001; Ratified December 1, 2001

1. The Electoral College by which the President of the United States is elected by is hereby abolished.

2. The President of the United States shall be elected directly by the popular vote.

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