The Last Amender

  • Aired:  02/20/13
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148 years after the abolition of slavery, Mississippi ratifies the 13th Amendment. (4:36)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

AS YOU KNOW, AMERICA IS LIKE A BOY BAND, YES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THAT IS THE PREMISES WE ARE ASSERTING.

EACH OF OUR 50 STATE HAS A DISTINCT PERSONALITY.

WE'VE GOT THE CUTE ONE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE'VE GOT THE REBEL, RIDES A HARLEY WITH NO HELMET.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE'VE GOT THE ONE THAT PRETTY SURE HAS A DRUG PROBLEM.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT THE THING ABOUT THE STATES REPUTATIONS IS THEY ARE HARD TO CHANGE.

MAKES YOU FEEL BAD FOR SOME PLACE LIKE MISSISSIPPI.

EVERY TIME IT OPENS ITS MOUTH BECAUSE OF ITS REPUTATION YOU ARE LIKE PLEASE DON'T SAY THE N

WORD, PLEASE DON'T SAY THE N WORD.

WHY HAVE THEY HAD SUCH A BAD REMEMBER.

WE'LL LOOK BACK AT A CLASSIC EPISODE OF "THE DAILY SHOW" WITH TONIGHT'S SEGMENT 19th CENTURY NEWS.

♪ ♪ HELLO.

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART AND GIVEN THE TIMES I'M OBVIOUSLY NEITHER JEWISH NOR ON TELEVISION.

[LAUGHTER]

OUR TOP STORY THIS DAY IN THE 1865 IS THAT THE STATE OF GEORGIA HAS VOTED TO RATIFIED --

WE HAD OVER THE SHOULDERS IN 1965 IN?

THE -- 1865?

THE STATE OF GEORGIA HAS VOTED TO RATIFY THE 13th AMENDMENT.

DELIGHTFUL.

BEING THE 27th STATE TO SO VOTE THE AMENDMENT IS NATIONAL ADOPTED AND SLAVERY IS ABOLISHED

IN THESE UNITED STATES.

OH, BULLY.

OF COURSE, THERE STILL REMAIN A FEW STRAGGLERS WHO HAVE YET TO RAT FIGHT THE AMENDMENT, --

RATIFY THE AMENDMENT I'M LOOKING AT MAGNOLIA STATE.

HOW MUCH LONGER WILL YOU WAIT?

148 YEARS WOULD BE RIDICULOUS, WOULDN'T IT?

>> AFTER 148 YEARS THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI HAS FINALLY RATIFIED THE 13th AMENDMENT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: AND THAT'S WHY --

[LAUGHTER]

THAT WAS UNPLEASANT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THAT'S WHY MISSISSIPPI CAN'T SHAKE ITS REP FOR BAD RACE RELATIONS.

TWO THINGS, FIRST BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, AND SECOND, THIS IS PRETTY (bleep) LATE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHY THE SUDDEN RATIFICATION?

>> IT'S ALL THANKS TO STEVEN SPIELBERG'S FILM "LINCOLN."

>> TWO MEN DISCOVERED MISSISSIPPI WAS THE LAST STATE THAT HAS NOT RATIFIED IT.

>> Jon: AND THEN THEY WENT TO SEE DJANGO UNCHAINED AND TRIED TO TAKE THE RATIFICATION BACK.

LINKER OR NO LINCOLN HOW ARE YOU GETTING TO THIS NOW?

DIDN'T THE RELEASE OF MISSISSIPPI BURNING PUSH TO REVISIT THE ISSUE?

TO BE FAIR THEY HAD TAKEN STEPS TOWARDS BANNING THE CONTROVERSIAL PRACTICE OF PEOPLE

OWNING OTHER PEOPLE.

>> THE LEGISLATURE DID SIGN ON IN 1995 BUT CANNOT FILE THE PROPER PAPERWORK.

>> Jon: OH, RED TAPE!

THEY TRIED TO RATIFY THE 13th AMENDMENT ALL THE WAY BACK IN 1995.

[ LAUGHTER ]

INSPIRED NO DOUBT BY THAT YEAR'S BLOCKBUSTER I KNOW WHAT DID YOU 130 SUMMERS AGO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THEN THERE WAS THE 18-YEAR PAPERWORK MALFUNCTION.

WHAT DID HAPPEN WITH THE PAPERWORK.

>> THEIR FORMER SECRETARY OF DICK MULFIS FAILED TO SEND A COPY OF RESOLUTION TO THE

FEDERAL REGISTRAR.

>> Jon: CLASSIC DICK MULFIS.

I'M SURE HE MEANT TO FILE IT PROPERLY.

HERE IS MY IMPRESSION OF HIM MAILING IT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTRAR.

OH, I'M SO GLAD WE DID THIS.

THAT'S REALLY NICE.

LET ME PUT THIS IN THE MAILBOX.

[LAUGHTER]

I IMAGINE THAT WILL GET THERE TOUT SUITE.

WHO CLEANED UP THE MESS?

>> THE CURRENT MISSISSIPPI SECRETARY OF STATE DILB RERKS RERKSDILBERT HOSEMAN.

>> Jon: HE CLEANED UP FOR DICK, H

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