Two of the four Foner brothers who were leaders in the American labor movement were born on December 14 in 1910.
In the wake of the Emancipation Proclamation victory came a great momentum that led to the Union's war victory, 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and Reconstruction.
Stowe was highly active in the abolition movement. She and her husband supported the Underground Railroad and temporarily housed slaves in their home.
He became a leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery in 1838, and went on to become an excellent lecturer and writer.
On this date in 1644 the first "legal" protest by Africans in America occurred.
The amendment said, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ... shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
On January 2, 1800 the Philadelphia black community petitioned Congress to rescind the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793.
William Lloyd Garrison, one of the nation's most outstanding abolitionist leaders, was born Dec. 12, 1805, in Newburyport, Mass.
On December 9, 1906, the New York American newspaper reported Belgian King Leopold II of Belgium bribed the U.S. Senate commission on the Congo to recommend support of his Congo Free State project .
On Dec. 2, 1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged in Charleston, Va., for his leadership of a plot to incite slave rebellion.