Friday, 22 February 2013

Mississippi FINALLY ratifies amendment banning slavery

The state of Mississippi has finally ratified the 13th amendment to the constitution, which banned slavery in 1865. (Yeah, only 148 years late). This glaring oversight was noticed by a historian, who was inspired to check the legislative records after seeing Spielburg's Lincoln. (Which is an incredible film by the way, Daniel Day Lewis is unreal). In the nineteenth century, Mississippi had refused to accept the bill, and while it was passed through both legislative chambers one hundred years later in 1995, it was never put on the statute books. So, it was unofficial.

I think it's interesting this was forgotten about. What does it tell us about Mississippi? The state that still bears the Confederate emblem? And what does this tell us about the legacy of slavery and the Civil War in the Southern States? I'm so excited to travel to the South this summer, and hopefully, find out the answers to some of these questions.

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