September 22, 1862 – President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, warning the states in the Confederacy that if they did not end their rebellion by January 1, 1863, all slaves in Confederate controlled areas would be deemed freed. Spoiler alert – they didn’t. Continue reading “This Week in History – September 22”
Google “Electoral College Slavery,” and your search will turn up dozens of articles written in the past two years claiming that our Electoral College system for choosing the President was proposed and placed in the Constitution to give more political power to slave states. Go to the comments section of any online article concerning the Electoral College and you will find it replete with comments written in the “everybody knows” vein repeating this idea as indisputable fact. The idea does, after all, have a nice symmetry to it: a racist electoral system ended up giving us a racist President despite the fact that he lost the popular vote.
September 17, 1787 – At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, delegates from twelve states voted unanimously to approve the proposed U.S. Constitution. Missing was Rhode Island, which boycotted the Convention due to distrust over any attempt to create a more powerful national government. Continue reading “This Week in History – September 17”
September 10, 1608 – John Smith is elected President of the Governing Council of the Jamestown colony. Continue reading “This Week in History – September 10”
September 3, 1783 – The Treaty of Paris was signed by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay, formally ending the American Revolutionary War between Britain and the United States. Continue reading “This Week in History – September 3”
August 30, 1776 – General George Washington escapes Long Island with the bulk of the Continental Army intact, allowing the War for Independence to continue. Continue reading “This Week in History – August 30”
August 20, 1794 – American forces under the command of General “Mad Anthony” Wayne defeat Old Northwest Indian Confederacy forces in Battle of Fallen Timbers, opening much of modern day Ohio to white settlement. Continue reading “This Week in History – August 20”