Wednesday, November 14, 2007

1995: last state to abolish slavery

In 1588, Lithuania abolished slavery.

In 1772, slavery was declared illegal in England.

In 1777, slavery was abolished in Vermont.

In 1799, New York State introduced gradual emancipation.

In 1863, the US Emancipation Proclamation declared that slaves in Confederate-controlled areas should be freed.

In 1865, the US abolished slavery with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

In 1995, Mississippi abolished slavery, only 130 years later.

Mississippi is also the poorest state in the US; and in 2004, Mississippi was ranked lowest in academic achievement.

OTOH, Mississippi does have good food and good music, and low cost of living.

(info from Wikipedia, map from


Anonymous said...

Not to be a nit-pick, but that's not true.

You need a certain number of states to ratify an amendment, and the number of states was reached. Therefore, every state had to follow that amendment whether they ratified it or not, so slavery was abolished in 1865 by the 13th amendment in mississippi, even though they didn't ratify it.

They did ratify it in 1995 out of guilt for their past actions, but that doesn't mean slavery wasn't officially abolised there until then.

Mississippi is a dumb state with dumb people, though, so it doesn't really matter when they ratified it. ;)

Anonymous said...

Ratified or was still on the books.....and still probably practiced in the small towns...ever heard of Sugar Ditch, Mississippi?

Anonymous said...

As to this day there is systematic slavery especially in the Delta. There is inequality in schools etc, housing differen, racial profiling etc. There are loan practices were a certain amount of cash loans are given out and are designed to put people in more debt than they were to begin with etc.