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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-18-13 07:15 PM
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Mississippi officially abolishes slavery
Published: Feb. 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Mississippi has officially joined the rest of the nation in ratifying the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, officials say.

While the amendment to the Constitution passed when three-quarters of the states ratified it in 1865, Mississippi didn't get around to voting in favor of it until 1995. But then someone dropped the ball and failed to notify the U.S. archivist so Mississippi was never officially marked down as having ratified the end to slavery.

That oversight was rectified this month after Ranjan Batra, an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, learned about it after seeing the movie "Lincoln," The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday.

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And you thought Juneteenth was bad. (It's over 5 minutes, but you don't have to listen to all of it.)

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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-18-13 08:06 PM
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1. An inconvenient oversight
yeah, right.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-13 05:43 AM
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2. At least their hearts were in the right place.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-13 07:22 AM
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3. Either that, or this is part of Republican re-imaging to appeal to minorities to get votes.
Edited on Tue Feb-19-13 07:24 AM by No Elephants
IIRC, Mississsippi Goddam is a red state.

Since the amendment was ratified quite a while ago, the hold out was only symbolic, if even that. So, it was an easy--and totally moot-- thing to give up for the cause.

Not saying, I'm cynical. Just saying I'm cynical.

And now both Parties can get to play the identity politics game.

We've been at it longer, so we should be able to beat them at it.

If we choose. That's the key, isn't it? If we choose.
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