January 31

The Houses passes constitutional amendment to abolish slavery

January 31, 1865

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    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."

Baseball player Jackie Robinson born

January 31, 1919

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