The 13th amendment, which was adopted by the United States in 1865, states "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Most states ratified the amendment by the end of that year. However, Mississippi didn't, by mistake or another reason. The state voted to ratify the amendment in 1995, but the ratification was not officially recognized. The movie "Lincoln" actually is what inspired people in 2013 to check on the status of the ratification of the amendment in the state.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Mississippi didn't officially abolish slavery until 2013. 00:16

  2. The state of Mississippi voted to ratify the 13th amendment in 1995, but it didn't actually get ratified then. 00:36

  3. The movie "Lincoln" inspired people in Mississippi to double check that ratification of the 13th amendment for the state. 00:41

Written by Curiosity Staff January 9, 2016

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