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Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Inspires Mississippi to Finally Abolish Slavery

Posted: February 19th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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While President Abraham Lincoln is credited with passing the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, it was Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that caused the official ratification of the amendment in Mississippi, which happened just last month.

In November, Dr. Ranjan Batra, an associate professor at the University of Mississippi, went to see "Lincoln" in theaters and then did some research on the 13th Amendment, learning that after the amendment was passed in 1864, four states rejected it, including New Jersey, Delaware, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Eventually, New Jersey ratified the amendment in 1866, Delaware in 1901 and Kentucky in 1976. And while Mississippi attempted the ratification in 1995, a filing error kept it from being official.

Batra immediately contacted the right people, who tracked down a copy of the 1995 paperwork, learning that the state passed the resolution unanimously. But the last paragraph in the resolution required the Secretary of State to send a copy to the Office of the Federal Register, which was never done.

The paperwork was then sent to the office of Secretary of State, who agreed to file it and make everything official. And on January 30th, the director of the Federal Register wrote back, stating: "With this action, the State of Mississippi has ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."

Source: ClarionLedger, CinemaBlend


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M. Bullitt writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 6:25:16 AM

The concerned administration in Mississippi had to check the 13th Amendment after seeing Lincoln?

Better late than never I guess.

At least there is a positive effect from that boring film. Lots of Oscars in perspective but very boring nonetheless.
kate writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 7:40:29 AM

in related news:

Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Inspires insomniacs to get fully healed.
Avirex writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 7:59:52 AM

Mississippi with all it's...riverness? ..simply couldn't be bothered with silly things like abolishing slavery during the last 150 years.
jaredhamline writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 8:01:22 AM

After years of checking out this website, I finally took the initiative to register just to comment on this article. So, here it is...

This is the closest Abraham Lincoln has ever been to ending any form of slavery.

That is it. Thank you.
Avirex writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 8:13:20 AM

Also..naturally it took a brown person (Dr. Ranjan Batra) to notice slavery wasn't abolished there yet.
c-prime writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 8:45:16 AM

Kudos to jaredhamline on a factual and witty inaugural comment.

"Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Inspires Mississippi to Finally Abolish Slavery"

Ha. Yeah, yeah, so it says on a piece of paper. But let's be real: so long as black people maintain their intransigent, careless loyalty to the Democratic party, to put it simply, we ain't eva gonna be free.

And in voicing that remark, I just know I've opened the floodgates to an outpouring of far-left contempt. But I accept that. Guess it'll be a FOURTH reminder of why I don't post on this website very much anymore.
Tanman32123 writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 9:07:54 AM

Well it's about damn time..

But.. Now what will Morgan Freemen Make Doc*mentaries on during his spare time!? Always Squashing the little guy

:(
BadChadB33 writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 9:53:41 AM

Well good for Mississippi.
Ranger writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 11:36:24 AM

Way to go Mississippi, you f*cking in-breds. Going against your Presidents wish OVER a century ago. And because some hillbilly doesn't follow proper procedure, this 'over-sight' had sat around for an ADDITIONAL 18 years?

I guess there's no shaming the stupid.
pornfly writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 11:50:40 AM

Exactly what you would expect from a state spelled with humpbacks and crooked letters
WV-Films writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 12:03:34 PM

What about Hawaii?
SeWerin writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 1:39:17 PM

And yesterday "Lincoln" cured AIDS.

my god, this movie is on pretentious spree!
thisisntme writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 1:45:58 PM

Wonderful. It only took 160 years. Nice job jackasses.
minkowski writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 2:26:33 PM

Apparently the author of the article skipped their high school civics class…. An individual state’s ratification (or lack thereof) does not affect the law in that that individual state.

Once 3/4ths of the states ratify an amendment, it is the law across all of the states. If the amendment wasn’t ratified by the necessary 3/4ths of states, then it wouldn’t be the law in any of the states.

Stupid.
minkowski writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 2:52:17 PM

"Guess it'll be a FOURTH reminder of why I don't post on this website very much anymore."

You're up to only FOUR?? sh*t, man, I have twenty reasons rattling around on a folded up napkin in my back pocket. Oh wait, that's a doodle I'm trying to sell to Hollywood for a new movie. Damn.
minkowski writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 2:54:43 PM

"The concerned administration in Mississippi had to check the 13th Amendment after seeing Lincoln?'

Did you even read the article? It clearly states an associate professor at the University of Mississippi located the technical discrepancy.
minkowski writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 3:03:41 PM

"Kudos to jaredhamline on a factual and witty inaugural comment."

I read Jared's comment several times, yet I still don't get it. Maybe I'm growing even more stupid the older I get (stapes = not possible mink!), but...he says he finally got around, after years of not, to commenting, which I could take as a witty innervation on the fact Mississippi finally ratified whatever it is they were supposed to ratify a century and a half ago.

Instead, it seems to me he was saying what so many people have said. "long time lurker here, for the first time to blah blah blah". nothing wrong in that, just saying is all.

As for factual, I have no clue. Lincoln DID emancipate the Southern US African slaves, only to they could start a slow trek into the plantation of the Democrat party as ideological slaves, but I didn't read that much complexity into his comment. Perhaps you did?

As for slavery, well, it's been around since the days of Sumer and I'm sure well before recorded history, and in Arab and African nations it exists still. The British ended slavery many years before Lincoln, but they no longer had any use whatsoever for the system anyway. Even Alexander of Russia IIRC supposedly ended serfdom some time before Lincoln.

Not really sure where I'm going with this, or what you meant by your comment, but it's the most intelligent remark on this article, so I thought I'd shoot my mouth off in response.

Good day.
minkowski writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 3:08:00 PM

I think if Sac, with his left-wing angry black man racism, and C-prime, with his libertarian color-blind MLK take on race, ever go at it on here, discussion wise, they'll mutually annihilate much like an electron and a positron colliding, which would be a beneficial thing as my laptop battery could use some more juicy juice. Damned dirty electrodes.
Ranger writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 3:57:28 PM

For juicy, juice. I just enter 'squirter' in the search box at The Hut.
triggax writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 4:08:13 PM

Woopdy dee dooo.

Tanman. Wtf did you want to ask me?

I love Alex's headlines. Always full of misleading information.
Tanman32123 writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 5:34:41 PM

I'll re-post here later when I get home Trigg, Currently at a bar drinking, waiting for the Leafs game at 7 lol
triggax writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 6:50:58 PM

The Leafs?

Fawk, come on man. If you're in the east it's all about Ottawa. Leafs f*cking suck!
Tanman32123 writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 8:24:21 PM

We've won 7 outta our last 10! Not to mention that our Goalie just shutout his last 2 games!

Leads are doing great this season lol (So Far)
triggax writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 9:49:47 PM

Yeah. You guys are doing better than usual. I wouldn't get too excited though.
Tanman32123 writes:
on February 19th, 2013 at 11:52:59 PM

Aha, what's your team? Btw I'm not gonna be messaging you that Question, it's on my comp and I won't be home for a couple days.

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