This Day in History: Andrew Jackson issues the Nullification Proclamation

On this day in 1832, President Andrew Jackson issues the Nullification Proclamation. In it, he claimed that states may not declare federal laws unconstitutional and then refuse to obey them. It was an event that contributed to the tension between North and South in the years before the Civil War. The Jackson-era nullification crisis came […]

This Day in History: Jefferson Davis passes away

On this day in 1889, Jefferson Davis passes away. He is best known as the former President of the Confederate States of America. How ironic, given Davis’s feelings about the Civil War. He didn’t really want to secede from the Union in the first place, and he would have preferred not to serve as President […]

This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States

On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States. Such an achievement must have seemed impossible during his early childhood years. Lincoln was born in a tiny log cabin in Kentucky. When Abe was 7 years old, his family moved to Indiana, where they squatted on a plot of land […]

This Day in History: John Brown tries to incite a slave rebellion

On this day in 1859, John Brown launches a raid at Harpers Ferry. He hoped to incite a slave rebellion, but the effort fell flat on its face. Brown was an abolitionist who had long been involved in attempts to end slavery. Nor did he mind a little violence, if it would help his objectives! […]

This Day in History: Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate Spy

On this day in 1861, Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow is placed under house arrest. When the Civil War began, Greenhow was a widow living in Washington, D.C. She was well-liked and had extensive social connections because of her late husband’s work. He’d been a medical doctor, but he’d also done some work for the […]