18 February 2013

Interesting History News -- Mississippi Has Finally Definitely Ratified the Thirteenth Amendment

source: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txp_media/html/cons/features/0206_01/slide3.gif

Amazing ... an article By Adam Clark Estes, The Atlantic Wire, titled Thanks to 'Lincoln,' Mississippi Has Finally Definitely Ratified the Thirteenth Amendment states ...

A middle-aged recent immigrant from India recently set into motion a series of events that eventually led to Mississippi finally re[c]tifying the Constitutional amendment banning slavery. The rousing finale of the movie Lincoln served as inspiration. It sounds like a joke, but it's true. And even though it's been nearly 150 years since that fateful day in the Capitol in 1864, Mississippi's becoming the final state to officially ratify the Thirteenth Amendment serves as the final punctuation mark on a dark chapter in American history.

Do read the full article for the complete story.

This reminds us that what we think officially occurs isn’t always what has happened.  We are always hearing about “funny” laws that are still on the books in a community and yet are not enforced; now we have the opposite.

A bit of trivia for a Monday morning as we continue at Upfront to celebrate Black History Month.

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