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This week in history: Robert Carter III starts freeing his slaves

Carter came of legal age in 1749; by then he owned 6500 acres of land and 100 slaves. Within his lifetime he freed 452 slaves, and more following his death.

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Today in history: Juneteenth celebrates 1865 freedom for slaves

This still popularly observed African American celebration honors the day when slaves in Texas heard they had been freed.

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S. Carolina leaders call for removing Confederate flag from statehouse grounds

The Confederate flag features prominently in photos of the white youth arrested and charged with the murders.

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Great grandfather who helped end slavery and save a nation remembered

An unpublished manuscript "The Diary of Francis Marion Wheeler 1842-1899" has been gathering dust on a bookshelf in our house for many years. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down.

 

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Today in women's history: Abigail Adams attacked sexism, "fomented rebellion"

On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams urged the Continental Congress and her husband, John Adams, to consider women's rights.

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The forgotten rebellion of the Black Seminole Nation

Many Native American Nations formed partnerships and deep relationships with African slaves. Both groups fought for freedom and the right to exist in peace, away from the colonizing forces.

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Today in history: President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

One of the best-known speeches in American history, it was delivered by Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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End of slavery celebrated on June 19

Texans, and an increasing number of people across America, celebrate the end of slavery on June 19 because on that day in 1865 Gen. Gordon Granger announced that slavery was ended for good.

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Today in labor history: Radical Reconstruction and 40 acres and a mule

In 1866, Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to a bill requiring 40 acre plots be parceled out to former slaves from both confiscated and public land in the former slave South.

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