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Fri, 04.12.1861 story

The American Civil War Begins

On this date in 1861, the Civil War began. This war is also referred to as “The War Between the States”, “The War of Rebellion”, or “The War for Southern Independence.”

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Tue, 11.19.1867 story

Blacks Influence South Carolina Politics After The American Civil War

On this date in 1867, emancipated Blacks began influencing South Carolina politics, when citizens of the state endorsed their constitutional convention and selected state delegates.

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Fri, 05.31.1861 story

The American Civil War, a Summary

The American Civil War, waged from 1861 to 1865, is remembered on this date.

Before and during the Civil War, the North and South differed greatly on economic issues. The war was about slavery, but primarily about its economic consequences. The northern elite wanted economic expansion that would change the southern (slave-holding) way of life.

The southern states saw Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans making enormous changes to their way of life using free slave labor. Southerners believed that Abraham Lincoln, if elected, would restrict their rights to own slaves.

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Fri, 11.16.2018 story

Texas Public School Curriculum Adds Slavery To The Cause Of The American Civil War

*On this date in 2018, the Texas Board of Education voted to change the way its students learn about the American Civil War. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, students will be taught that slavery played a “central role” in the war.  The state’s previous social studies standards listed three causes for the Civil War: sectionalism, […]

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Thu, 05.23.1861 story

Confederate Slave Contraband, and the American Civil War, a story

*Confederate slave contraband and the American Civil War are affirmed on this date in 1861. On that date, Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory, and James Townsend were Black field hands who were owned by Charles Mallory rowed across the James River in Virginia and claimed asylum in a Union-held citadel. Fort Monroe, Va., a fishhook-shaped spit of land […]

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Tue, 02.08.1820 story

William T. Sherman, American Civil War Officer born

*William T. Sherman was born on this date in 1820. He was a white-American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. William Tecumseh Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio, near the banks of the Hocking River. His father, Charles Robert Sherman, a lawyer who sat on the Ohio Supreme Court, died of typhoid fever in 1829. He […]

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Mon, 03.16.1891 story

Black History and American College Basketball 🏀, a story

*With March Madness beginning, on this date we remember African Americans in the history of American college basketball.

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Thu, 01.01.1863 story

The American Emancipation Proclamation Becomes Law

*On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; ordering that all slaves in rebel territory be freed.

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Wed, 07.11.1877 story

McCants Stewart, Lawyer born

McCants Stewart was born on this date in 1877. He was an African American lawyer.

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Fri, 05.22.1863 story

The First Colored Troop Units Established by The United States War Department

On this date in 1863 in North Carolina, the United States Department of War established the Bureau of Colored Troops, to help the Union Army fight the Civil War.

Regiments of colored troops from all states of the nation were reorganized into what became known as the United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Blacks have a rich history in United States military, and this was one of the first authorized attempts by the Federal government to enlist former slaves in the defense of the Union. The policy was innovative, new, and controversial with varying degrees of success.

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