Let the North make another joke about Southern states being behind times. Nearly 150 years after Congress ratified the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, Mississippi has finally joined in. According to a Washington Post report, the state’s Legislature did ratify it in 1995 but the vote never counted nor was made official thanks to lawmakers not contacting the US archivist.

Wonder what finally made lawmakers in Mississippi realize they hadn’t officially outlawed slavery in their state? The movie “Lincoln”. A filmgoer who saw the film decided to research what states hadn’t ratified the amendment and discovered Mississippi’s gaffe.

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