Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:09 PM
n2doc (44,939 posts)
Mississippi finally officially ratifies 13th Amendment
After Congress voted for the 13th Amendment in January 1864, the measure went to the states for ratification.
On Dec. 6, 1864, the amendment received the two-thirds’ vote it needed when Georgia became the 27th state to ratify it. States that rejected the measure included Delaware, Kentucky, New Jersey and Mississippi.
In the months and years that followed, states continued to ratify the amendment, including those that had initially rejected it. New Jersey ratified the amendment in 1866, Delaware in 1901 and Kentucky in 1976.
But there was an asterisk beside Mississippi. A note read: “Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, but because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official.”
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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:34 PM
Jackpine Radical (45,274 posts)
4. I don't get this part--
"On Dec. 6, 1864, the amendment received the two-thirds’ vote it needed when Georgia became the 27th state to ratify it."
If GA was part of the Confederacy, what were they doing ratifying an amendment to the US Constitution?
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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:43 AM
DreamGypsy (2,246 posts)
8. Yes, 1865...
From This Day in History: Dec. 6, 1865:
A Republican victory in the 1864 presidential election would guarantee the success of the amendment. The Republican platform called for the "utter and complete destruction" of slavery, while the Democrats favored restoration of states' rights, which would include at least the possibility for the states to maintain slavery. Lincoln's overwhelming victory set in motion the events leading to ratification of the amendment. The House passed the measure in January 1865 and it was sent to the states for ratification. When Georgia ratified it on December 6, 1865, the institution of slavery officially ceased to exist in the United States.