I lost the URL to the original page and would like to link to it. Please notify me of the original URL for this page if you know it. For the sake of the Internet, I split the original file into ten. For the sake of readers, I corrected grammar, removed unnecessary conjecture, and generally made it more concise and readable. Unfortunately, I poop-out after editing the fourth page. I'm sure whomever edits my version will improve upon it. -- Bill Holmes, 10 August 2001
The Missing 13th Amendment
David M. Dodge, Researcher
The Missing 13th Amendment,
"TITLES OF "NOBILITY" AND "HONOR"
In the winter of 1983, archival research expert David Dodge, and former Baltimore police investigator Tom Dunn were searching for evidence of government corruption in public records stored in the Belfast Library on the coast of Maine.
By chance, they discovered the library's oldest authentic copy of the Constitution of the United States (printed in 1825). Both men were stunned to see this document included a 13th Amendment that no longer appears on current copies of the Constitution. Moreover, after studying the Amendment's language and historical context, they realized the principle intent of this "missing" 13th Amendment was to prohibit lawyers from serving in government!
So began a seven-year, nationwide search for the truth surrounding the most bizarre Constitutional puzzle in American history -- the unlawful removal of a duly ratified Amendment from the Constitution of the United States. Since 1983, Dodge and Dunn have uncovered additional copies of the Constitution with the "missing" 13th Amendment printed in at least eighteen separate publications by ten different states and territories over four decades from 1822 to 1860.
In June of this year, Dodge uncovered the evidence that the missing 13th Amendment had indeed been lawfully, and therefore legally at the least, ratified by the state of Virginia and was (and is) therefore an authentic Amendment to the American Constitution. If the evidence is correct and no logical errors have been made, a 13th Amendment restricting lawyers from serving in government, was ratified in 1819 and removed, both unlawfully and therefore illegally (in truth), from our Constitution during the tumult or confusion of the Civil War.
Since the Amendment was never lawfully repealed, it is still the Law today! The implications of this are enormous!
The story of this "missing" Amendment is complex and at times confusing because the political issues and vocabulary of the American Revolution were different from our own. However, there are essentially two issues: What does the Amendment mean? and, Was the Amendment ratified? Before we consider the issue of ratification, we should first understand the Amendment's meaning and consequent current relevance.
MEANING AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT
THE AMENDMENT "DISAPPEARS"
WHAT IF THE AMENFMENT WERE RESTORED?
SIGNIFICANCE OF REMOVAL
THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE TRUE 13TH AMENDMENT, AND THOSE WHO DO NOT. TWO SIDES
YES VIRGINIA, THERE WAS A RATIFICATION
INSULT TO INJURY