Category Archives: 1860s

African-American men granted the right to vote in District of Columbia 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 8 1867)

(Tuesday, January 8, 1867; during the Reconstruction Era) — The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate today in overriding President Andrew Johnson’s veto of the District of Columbia Suffrage Bill, giving African-American men in the nation’s capital the right to vote.

It was the first law in U.S. history that extended the ballot to African-American men.

President Andrew Johnson formally declares American Civil War over 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 20 1866)


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(Monday, August 20, 1866; during the Reconstruction Era) — Months after fighting in the American Civil War had ended, President Andrew Johnson today issued Proclamation 157, which declared that “peace, order, tranquility, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole of the United States of America.” Continue reading President Andrew Johnson formally declares American Civil War over 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 20 1866)

Three days of race-related rioting erupts in Memphis 150 years ago today (May 1 1866)


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(Tuesday, May 1, 1866, at about 4:00 p.m. local time; during the Reconstruction Era) — Three days of race-related rioting erupted today in Memphis, Tennessee, as white mobs targeted blacks, 46 of whom were killed, along with two whites. Continue reading Three days of race-related rioting erupts in Memphis 150 years ago today (May 1 1866)

Slavery in America abolished as Thirteenth Amendment declared in effect 150 years ago today (Dec 18 1865)


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(Monday, December 18, 1865) — The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect today by Secretary of State William H. Seward, having been ratified by three-quarters of the states (including those in secession) as of Dec. 6, 1865.

Slavery is legally outlawed in the last two slave states of Kentucky and Delaware and the remaining 45,000 slaves are freed.