This is going to sound like a total joke, but nothing about this laughable. It turns out that for the past 149 years, slavery was technically not illegal in the state of Mississippi, and it took Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln to officially put an end to it. Better late than never, right?
Spielberg’s Lincoln just earned another badge of honor, thanks to a University of Mississippi associate professor named Ranjan Batra, who after watching the movie last November did some digging into his home state’s history. He found out that Mississippi never got around to actually ratifying the 13th amendment.
In 1995, the Magnolia state voted in favor of the ratification, but never officially notified the US Archivist of the vote. Batra passed this startling information to his colleague Ken Sullivan, an employee at the University’s Medical Center, who in turn contacted the state’s Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann. Sullivan told him of the error, and after this push, the state finally filled out the paperwork and abolished slavery for good. (About 148 years too late don’t you think?)
We’re thinking that even if Lincoln loses Best Picture at the Oscars (to Argo or whatever), Steven Spielberg should be very proud that his movie got slavery abolished on some level.
Is this the power of cinema or what?