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On this day, the first African American sworn in as Supreme Court lawyer

February 1, 2019 By Sheldon Gilbert

On February 1, 1865—the same day President Lincoln signed sent the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery to the states—John S. Rock was sworn in as the first African American lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Why is Feb. 1 designated as National Freedom Day?

January 31, 2012 By Matthew Pinsker

The story of this unknown holiday begins with a bit of presidential trivia but soon turns into a fascinating tale about a most extraordinary slave-turned-citizen.

Happy birthday, 20th and 24th Amendments

January 23, 2012 By Holly Munson

Today we celebrate the ratification of not one, but two constitutional amendments: the 20th Amendment (ratified Jan. 23, 1933) and the 24th Amendment (ratified Jan. 23, 1964). Here's what you need to know.

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