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Say What? Mississippi finally officially bans slavery

By// Mariah Craddick

Talk about long overdue…

Nearly two centuries after the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, the state of Mississippi finally got around to doing the same – on paper anyway. According to the Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi did not officially ratify the amendment until this year after Dr. Ranjan Batra of the University of Mississippi discovered that the state had never formally notified the U.S. Archivist.

Batra began his research after watching Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film Lincoln, which told the story of President Abraham Lincoln and his fight to get the 13th Amendment passed. While it was adopted by most states in 1865, Mississippi did not ratify it until 1995. However, Batra noticed a note beside Mississippi reading: “Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, but because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official.”

After filing the paperwork, the state received the notice on Feb. 7 that it had finally officially ratified the 13th Amendment. And only 148 years late.

Welcome to 2013, Mississippi.

Watch Batra talk about his discovery below:

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