Mississippi Finally Ratifies Amendment Banning Slavery

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    Mississippi lawmakers have officially ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned slavery in 1865.

    One hundred forty-eight years after three-fourths of the states voted to approve the amendment, Mississippi’s legislature finally took steps to fix the glaring oversight last month. According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the decision was inspired by the Oscar-nominated film “Lincoln,” which depicts the 16th president’s efforts to enact the amendment.

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