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    pinche tejano

    to the Constitution allowing the federal government to abolish or interfere with slavery allowed by states, and passed by Congress in 1861, would have become the 13th Amendment if it had been ratified by the necessary number of states, instead of by the mere two that did ratify it (Ohio and Maryland.)

    It is still open for ratification by the states, so that it could, theoretically, still become part of the Constitution, long after Congress passed it, the way the 27th Amendment was eventually ratified.  If it were to be ratified (with all sorts of troublesome legal consequences,) it would not, of course, be the 13th Amendment.

    Katrina was America's Chernobyl.

    by lysias on Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 02:21:31 PM PDT

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