This day in legal history: abolition of slavery in the U.S.

On this day (6 December) in 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified by the requisite number of States (two-thirds) when Georgia became the 27th State to approve this historic amendment out of 36 States in the union at that time. The remaining nine States to ratify the 13th did so as follows: Oregon (8 December 1865), California (19 December 1865), Florida (28 December 1865), Iowa (15 January 1866), New Jersey (23 January 1866–after rejection on 16 March 1865), Texas (18 February 1870), and Delaware (12 February 1901–after rejection on 8 February 1865). That’s only seven States, however. The last two holdouts were Kentucky (18 March 1976(!!!)–after rejection on 24 February 1865) and Mississippi (16 March 1995(!!!!!!)–after rejection on 5 December 1865).

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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2 Responses to This day in legal history: abolition of slavery in the U.S.

  1. So MS, didn’t ratify the Thirteenth Amendment until 1995???? Over a century later…fascinating, but a mystifying bit of US Constitutional legal trivia.

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