The Constitution of the United States of America
Amendment 14: (Civil War Amendment)
Section 4. Invalidation of Confederate States’ Debts
A14.4.1 The validity of the public debt of the United States,
authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of
pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or
rebellion, shall not be questioned.
A14.4.2 But neither the United States nor any State shall assume
or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or
rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or
emancipation of any slave;
A14.4.3 but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held
illegal and void.
Section 5. Enforcement powers
A14.5.1 The Congress shall have power to enforce, by
appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Proposed: June 13, 1866
Ratified: July 28, 1868