The Houses passes constitutional amendment to abolish slavery

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January 31, 1865

William Lloyd Garrison founds abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator

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January 1, 1831

Phillis Wheatley, first Black American poet, born

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May 8, 1753

Supreme Court unanimously rules in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation of schools is unconstitutional

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May 17, 1954

General William T. Sherman begins March to Sea

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November 15, 1864

First U.S. antislavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in NY

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November 13, 1839

Abraham Lincoln elected to first term as President

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Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation issued by Lincoln

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September 22, 1862

Nat Turner leads rebellion of slaves in Virginia

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August 21, 1831

Famed Lincoln–Douglas debates begin

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August 21, 1858