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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:16 PM

Shame, just shame it took so long: Mississippi Ratifies Slavery Ban After ‘Lincoln’

Earlier this month, Mississippi finally ratified the 13th Amendment banning slavery, after a specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center saw the movie "Lincoln" and started digging into the states' ratification of the legislation.

Georgia gave the amendment the three-fourths' vote it needed in December 1865, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Mississippi, Delaware Kentucky and New Jersey rejected the amendment. Kentucky ratified the amendment on March 18, 1976 after rejecting it on Feb. 24, 1865.

The specialist, Ken Sullivan, found out that Mississippi lawmakers voted to ratify the amendment in 1995, but never sent the necessary paperwork to the Office of the Federal Register, according to the Clarion-Ledger report published Sunday.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/mississippi-ratifies-slavery-ban-after-lincoln

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Reply Shame, just shame it took so long: Mississippi Ratifies Slavery Ban After ‘Lincoln’ (Original post)
mfcorey1 Feb 2013 OP
Exultant Democracy Feb 2013 #1
Deep13 Feb 2013 #2
MrMickeysMom Feb 2013 #3
Deep13 Feb 2013 #4
theKed Feb 2013 #5
Bolo Boffin Feb 2013 #6
theKed Feb 2013 #7
cherokeeprogressive Feb 2013 #8

Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:17 PM

1. Apparently they thought that they had a few decades ago, but they messed up the paper work.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:23 PM

2. Already? Wow, when did the other states ratify it?

The 1860s?

Now that Miss. is lunging into the 19th century, what will be next on their agenda? Women voting? Child labor laws? Book learning? The possibilities are endless!

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:25 PM

3. What's the literacy rate in MS?

Does their electorate only "watch" and not "read"? Are they THAT fucking behind?

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Response to MrMickeysMom (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:27 PM

4. Given the state of public knowledge here in OH, aka the MS of the North...

...I have to assume yes, they are that fucking behind.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:28 PM

5. What was the actual vote count?

Did anyone vote it down, and whom?

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Response to theKed (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:31 PM

6. It was in 1995, and I'm looking.

I have found on Wikipedia that some nutbag in Texas recently tried to get the State Lege to ratify the pre-Civil War amendment that would have banned Congress from banning slavery in any of the States. Just unreal.

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Response to Bolo Boffin (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:33 PM

7. Appaling

That someone could say that with a straight face as a representative of government.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:18 PM

8. So is this something you would lay at the feet of all Mississippians, or a few beaurocrats?

Is this some kind of statement about the South, or is it simply pointing out some kind of paperwork error that workaday Mississippians should have been aware of, and failed to correct because they're um... Mississippians?

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