Posted: February 20, 2013 in Movies


After seeing Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln,  University of Mississippi Associate Professor Ranjan Batra decided to research  Mississippi’s  history of adopting the 13th Amendment which bans slavery and discovered that the state never officially ratified the amendment.  In a clerical error of great historical omission no one from the magnolia state had officially notified the United States Archives of the vote to do so.  Enlisting the help of fellow Ole Miss professor Ken Sullivan to draw up the needed ratification paperwork, Batra submitted the forms to Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  Hosemann in turn  contacted Director of the Federal Register Charles A. Barth to complete the ratification.   “With this action, the State of Mississippi has ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.” , Barth commented.

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