Free at last: Mississippi ratifies 13th Amendment

On February 7th, Mississippi ratified the 13th amendment 148 years after it was adopted into the constitution.

The abolishment of slavery in the United States was made official when the amendment was ratified by 3/4 of the states. At that time, a few states, including Mississippi, blatantly begrudged state ratification. By 1901 all but two states had the amendment ratified.


Kentucky’s belated approval came in 1976. In 1995, Mississippi agreed to vote on the amendment again and it was approved. However, the state failed to notify the Office of Federal Register. Therefore, it was never made official.

Was this a Freudian slip or just a bureaucratic blunder? No one can explain how such a critical step in this process was overlooked or why it went un-noticed for 18 years.
America may be the only country in the world where the ideals of the country are worth more than its currency. So the phrase “better late than never” is more of a proverbial slap in the face instead of a conciliatory sentiment.
If Mississippi can embrace the spirit of Black History Month, we all can. Do your part to discourage collegial apathy and take a stand; believe in something.
Once upon a time Dr. King had a dream, while Rosa kept her seat, women grew more equal and African Americans were free to be empowered. Once upon a time the silent threat of a gun was killed by a flower.

Reachelle Kocis
Staff Writer

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