Amendment ratification happens after 150 years
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 00:02
Slavery was officially abolished in the United States in 1865 after the ratification of the 13th Amendment.
Well, it was abolished everywhere except in Mississippi. The amendment was officially ratified in Mississippi, Monday — 148 years after the end of the Civil War.
What took so long for Mississippi to finally ratify the amendment?
The state thought the Mississippi Legislature already had ratified it. How could miscommunication of this level go unnoticed for so long? Apparently, it was never transmitted to be put on the federal record.
The discovery actually came about in November after a Mississippi resident saw the film “Lincoln” and became curious as to what happened after Congress made the official ratification.
Who knew President Lincoln could make such an impact on the United States more than 100 years after his presidency?
Even though slavery was technically abolished almost 150 years ago, they did not initially ratify the amendment until 1995. Even then, since they United States archivist was not told of this ratification, it has never become official until now.
Mississippi is unofficially the state that is statistically worse than West Virginia when it comes to most things, so it is good to know we have one more thing to hang over their heads.
Fortunately, Mississippi has not actively owned slaves since the end of the Civil War, but it is difficult to understand how something like this has gone overlooked for so long.
Let us hope there is not any other state with any other unofficial ratifications hanging out in limbo.
The weird part is that the oversight was not completely unnoticed this entire time.
How could a disclaimer on a website saying the ratification was not official go unnoticed for so long? It is one of those little life mysteries we may never know the answer to.