Believe it or not – inspired by the recent feature film Lincoln – Mississippi *just finally* ratified the 13th amendment to abolish slavery … 147 years late!
After seeing the recent film Lincoln by Steven Spielberg (co-written by Doris Kearns Goodwin), Dr Ranjan Batra, a professor at the University of Mississippi, became curious about the ratification of the 13th amendment after the Civil War.
He discussed it with Ken Sullivan a longtime resident of the Mississippi, who tracked down a copy of the bill and learned that its last paragraph required the secretary of state to send a copy to the office of the federal register, to officially sign it into law. That copy was never sent.
Sullivan contacted the current Mississippi secretary of state, and the bill passed on February 7th.
via [The Guardian](http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/18/mississippi-us-constitution-and-civil-liberties)