January 1

Ellis Island Immigrant Station officially opens

January 1, 1892

William Lloyd Garrison founds abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator

January 1, 1831

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The Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect

January 1, 1863

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  • Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency not to be excused"

    This lesson will focus on the views of the founders as expressed in primary documents from their own time and in their own words. Students will see that many of the major founders opposed slavery as contrary to the principles of the American Revolution. Students will also gain a better understanding of the views of many founders, even those who owned slaves – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – who looked forward to a time when slavery would no longer mar the American Republic.

  • The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom's First Steps
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom's First Steps

    Why was the Emancipation Proclamation important? While the Civil War began as a war to restore the Union, not to end slavery, by 1862 President Abraham Lincoln came to believe that he could save the Union only by broadening the goals of the war. Students can explore the obstacles and alternatives America faced in making the journey toward "a more perfect Union."

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  • Student Resource / History & Social Studies
    Launchpad: Slavery in Revolutionary Era

    Was the American Revolution inevitable? This launchpad is designed to help students understand the transition to armed resistance and the contradiction in the Americans’ rhetoric about slavery through the examination of a series of documents. While it is designed to be conducted over a several-day period, teachers with time constraints can choose to utilize only one of the documents to illustrate the patriots’ responses to the actions of the British.