Frederick Douglass, whose birthday is honored on February 14, was born a slave in 1818, and now remembered for his eloquence, activism, and fearless championing against slavery.
The Fourth of July was not always a cause for celebration for all people living in America.
Americans are enjoying a brief tax holiday this year–filings are not due until April 17–and credit for the postponement goes to an unexpected hero: none other than Abraham Lincoln.
For two years, black men had tried to enlist in the US Army to help win the battle against slavery. At last they could, in the brand new United States Colored Troops.