But as usual, Mississippi has us beat when it comes to history lessons. One hundred and forty-seven years later, that state has finally ratified the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger:
After Congress voted for the 13th Amendment in January 1864, the measure went to the states for ratification.
On Dec. 6, 1865, the amendment received the three-fourths' vote it needed when Georgia became the 27th state to ratify it. States that rejected the measure included Delaware, Kentucky, New Jersey and Mississippi.
In the months and years that followed, states continued to ratify the amendment, including those that had initially rejected it. New Jersey ratified the amendment in 1866, Delaware in 1901 and Kentucky in 1976.
Mississippi actually held a formal vote on the matter in 1995, and passed the ratification unanimously. But the required formal word was never sent to Office of the Federal Register in Washington.