Freedom Can't Wait
While Americans roll themselves through shopping malls in tryptophan induced merryment and prepare for the Christmas holidays, African-Americans have a little something special to celebrate.
This month, in 1865, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama all ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlaws all forms of human bondage.
The battle then moved on to Mississippi, where the future of slavery rests in the hands of the legislature. If Mississippi passes the law, becoming the 27th state to do so, it will formally end hundreds of years of forced bondage in the United States.
But Mississippi fails to ratify the Amendment, and it is up to Georgia to drive the final nail in slavery's coffin. Georgia quietly does so on December 6, 1865.
Mississippi eventually ratifies the 13th Amendment. In 1995.