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How Frederick Douglass's first speech got him noticed

February 14, 2013 By Paige Scofield

Frederick Douglass, whose birthday is honored on February 14, was born a slave in 1818, and now remembered for his eloquence, activism, and fearless championing against slavery.

Tax holiday inspired by freedom

April 16, 2012 By Harold Holzer

Americans are enjoying a brief tax holiday this year–filings are not due until April 17–and credit for the postponement goes to an unexpected hero: none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Rally ‘Round the Flag

February 22, 2012 By Sandy Mackenzie Lloyd

For two years, black men had tried to enlist in the US Army to help win the battle against slavery. At last they could, in the brand new United States Colored Troops.

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