Bailey v. Alabama

PETITIONER: Bailey
RESPONDENT: Alabama
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 300
DECIDED BY: White Court (1911)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Oct 20, 1910 / Oct 21, 1910
DECIDED: Jan 03, 1911

Facts of the case

Bailey contracted to work on a farm for a year at $12 a month. He quit after a month and did not return $15 advanced to him. Under Alabama law, Bailey's act was criminal. He was convicted and sentenced to 136 days of hard labor under the Alabama peonage law.

Question

Did the Alabama law violate the Thirteenth Amendment?