Dec 6

Happy birthday, 13th Amendment!

Posted 4 months, 12 days ago.


Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 13th Amendment (ratified December 6, 1865). Here’s what you need to know!

Feb 14

How Frederick Douglass’s first speech got him noticed

Posted 1 year, 2 months ago.


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.

Dec 14

Abraham Lincoln and the two 13th Amendments

Posted 1 year, 4 months ago.


Malcolm Lazin from the Equality Forum looks at Abraham Lincoln’s connection to a proposed Constitutional amendment that would have legalized slavery in the South, four years before he fought for a 13th amendment that banned it.

Apr 16

Tax holiday inspired by freedom

Posted 2 years, 0 months ago.


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.

Apr 9

Federalism in 1868 and 2012

Posted 2 years, 0 months ago.


Like the issue of civil rights in the 1860s and ‘70s, healthcare in 2012 has become the terrain upon which the battle over centralized power is being fought.