Category Archives: Delaware

February 5, 1862: Abolition in Delaware

The state of Delaware was encouraged by the Lincoln administration to institute a policy of compensated emancipation. As reported below, a bill was introduced in the Delaware legislature for this purpose; it was never voted on, though, as there wasn’t … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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