Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:58 AM
ashtonelijah (178 posts)
Mississippi Officially Ratifies the 13th Amendment, Outlaws Slavery
The Clarion Ledger today notes that Mississippi has finally made history by correcting a 148-year "oversight." Slavery is finally officially illegal in Mississippi because our state has finally ratified the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery. Pull out the champagne bottles and celebrate like its 1865, folks!
An associate professor at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Ranjan Batra, got the ball rolling after viewing the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln. Upon discovering that Mississippi had yet to officially ratify the amendment, Batra looked further into it. Batra discovered that Mississippi had in fact voted to ratify the amendment in a more timely fashion – only 130 years late in 1995 – but because of an "oversight" in which the state never officially notified the US Archivist, it wasn't official.
That glaring "oversight" has been corrected.
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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:27 PM
DFW (17,623 posts)
5. What amazing speed. Only 148 years to ratify?
I suppose at some point they'll also acknowledge the Civil Rights Act--but THAT is against the law of probability, and I don't think they've ratified that one, either.