Today marks the 147th anniversary of Congress passing the 13th Amendment and sending it to the states to be ratified. The 13th Amendment would be ratified first by the State of Illinois on February 1st, 1865, and Georgia solidifying the passage of the amendment on December 6, 1865. The Amendment would be immediately in effect with the announcement of its passage on December 18, 1865. The last state to ratify the Amendment was, without surprise, Mississippi on March 16, 1995, after rejecting it on December 5, 1865.
In a recent post on Thomas DiLorenzo I discussed his article on Ron Paul and his “Shocking Ignorance of American History”…so amazed at his final comment and the historical error at the end I sent him the following email on Jan. 4, 2012…
You wrote: “If Ron Paul succeeds in his “quest to undo the Party of Lincoln” it would be the greatest advance in freedom for Americans since the ending of slavery by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1866.”
I know you hate Lincoln for defeating your beloved south, but as a pseudo-historian I would think that you could at least get the date of the passing and ratifying of the 13th Amendment correct. It was ratified in Dec. of 1865, not in 1866.
And this is the response I received from the “Saint of Lost Cause Lincoln Bashing” that same day…
It became effective Jan. 1, 1866, dumbo.*
Yes, a professor of Economics and a crappy Lincoln “scholar” called me dumbo…I have arrived! It makes one think that if he can get one basic fact wrong, what else can or did he get wrong…here is a little hint! I wonder how they knew to put the amendment into effect on Jan. 1, 1866 if there was no guarantee of its ratification. The 13th Amendment would go into force on the day of its ratification, not on Jan. 1, 1866 like the good professor said. Maybe he should stick to economics and let the history teachers take care of the history.
*If you question the validity of the email, provide me with your email in the comments section and I will forward you his response email!