Mississippi Finally Outlaws Slavery in 1995

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is straightforward:

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.

The meaning is clear. The amendment outlaws slavery. It was passed by the Congress and sent to the states on 31 January 1865 and ratified by a sufficient number of states that it took effect on 6 December 1865.

The last state to ratify this amendment was Mississippi whose state legislature finally found the political courage to agree that slavery really should be illegal on 16 March 1995.

(Sources: 13th Amendment and Wikipedia.)

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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