August 30

Union General John C. Fremont institutes martial law in Missouri, declares slaves free

August 30, 1861

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  • The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom's First Steps
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    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."

Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as first African-American Supreme Court Justice

August 30, 1967

British writer Mary Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin born

August 30, 1797

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