Feds Say Amendment Never Ratified

Senator George Mitchell of Maine and the National Archives concede this 13th Amendment was proposed by Congress in 1810. However, they explain that there were seventeen states when Congress proposed the “title of nobility” Amendment; that ratification required the support of thirteen states, but since only twelve states supported the Amendment, it was not ratified.

 

 

 

No Free Pass

The missing Amendment is referred to as the “title of nobility” Amendment, but the second prohibition against honor, may be more significant.

According to David Dodge, Tom Dunn, and Webster’s Dictionary, the archaic definition of “honor” as used when the 13th Amendment was ratified meant anyone “obtaining or having an advantage or privilege over another”.

 

 

 

Constitution Prohibits the IBA

In Colonial America, attorneys trained attorneys but most held no “title of nobility” or “honor”. There was no requirement that one be a lawyer to hold the position of district attorney, attorney general, or judge; a citizen’s “counsel of choice” was not restricted to a lawyer; there were no state or national bar associations.