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Battle for the Constitution: Week of September 27th, 2021 Roundup

October 1, 2021 by NCC Staff

Here is a round-up of the latest from the Battle for the Constitution: a special project on the constitutional debates in American life, in partnership with The Atlantic.

The Emancipation Proclamation’s other anniversary

September 22, 2021 by NCC Staff

President Abraham Lincoln altered the course of the Civil War and American society when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. But the Proclamation had its roots in a key announcement made on September 22, 1862.

Remembering Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery

September 3, 2021 by NCC Staff

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery on September 3, 1838, aided by a disguise and job skills he had learned while forced to work in Baltimore's shipyards.

10 fascinating facts about the “I Have A Dream” speech

August 28, 2021 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1963 that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington. So how much do you know about the speech and the events that led up to it?

Juneteenth: Understanding Its Origins

June 19, 2021 by NCC Staff

The anniversary of an 1865 announcement by a Union military official in Texas has grown over the years into a celebration of emancipation - the end of slavery in the United States.

Elizabeth Freeman, her case for freedom, and the Massachusetts Constitution

April 13, 2021 by Alexandra "Mac" Taylor

Almost a decade before the U.S. Constitution was signed into law, the first African American woman to successfully file a lawsuit for her freedom won in the state of Massachusetts.

Dred Scott decision still resonates today

March 6, 2021 by NCC Staff

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency four years later.

On this day, the Emancipation Proclamation changes history

January 1, 2021 by NCC Staff

January 1 is one of the most noteworthy days in American history, marking President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

On This Day, Abraham Lincoln is elected President

November 6, 2020 by NCC Staff

On November 6, 1860, voters in the United States went to the polls in an election that ended with Abraham Lincoln as President, in an act that that led to the Civil War. But Lincoln’s actual victory didn’t happen on that day, and his victory wasn’t assured for months.

On this day: The United States formally outlaws slavery

December 6, 2019 by NCC Staff

On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the states by Congress. That act officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States.

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