148 years later, the state of Mississipi has officially ratified the 13th amendment to ban slavery. Reportedly, the amendment was passed in 1995 but the ratification was actually unofficial as "Mississippi never formally notified the U.S. archivist."
After watching [Lincoln], [Ranjan Batra, an associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center] was curious to find out what happened to the amendment once it was passed. It went on to be adopted in less than a year when 27 of the then 36 states ratified it by the end of 1865. Mississippi was the last of these states to do so -- they finally got around to it in 1995 -- but Batra spotted a curious detail next to the state's name on thewebsite usconstitution.net: the ratification was unofficial, as Mississippi never formally notified the U.S. archivist.
Batra mentioned the oversight to a friend, Ken Sullivan, who recalled the 1995 debate over the law and tracked down a copy of the resolution. It had been passedby the Mississippi Senate and House -- unanimously, recalled the bill's introcuder, Sen. Hillman Frazier to the Clarion-Ledger -- but inexplicably had never beensent to the Office of the Federal Register.
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