This Day in History: The Gettysburg Address

On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivers his famous Gettysburg address. Did you know that no one knows exactly where he gave the speech? And no one knows precisely what he said? Several different transcripts of the speech exist, each with slightly different phrasing. His speech wasn’t even supposed to be the main feature […]

This Day in History: John Brown launches a raid at Harpers Ferry

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: The Battle of Gettysburg begins

On this day in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg begins. Our nation should have been celebrating its 87th birthday that week! Instead, we were engaged in a brutal, 3-day battle that would end with as many as 51,000 dead or wounded. At the time, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was fresh off a victory at […]

This Day in History: President 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 […]