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8June316
Constantine Creates a Fourth Way Slaves Can be Freed

Constantine Creates a Fourth Way Slaves Can be Freed

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17December1434
Pope Eugene IV Excommunicates Enslavers of Christians

Pope Eugene IV Excommunicates Enslavers of Christians

26September1493
Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Discovered Lands

Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Discovered Lands

2June1537
Pope Paul III Bans Enslavement of Native Americans

Pope Paul III Bans Enslavement of Native Americans

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18April1591
Pope Gregory XIV Orders Reparations to Enslaved Philippine Natives

Pope Gregory XIV Orders Reparations to Enslaved Philippine Natives

13October1670
New Virginia Law Decrees All Non-Christian Servants Sailing to Colony will be Slaves for Life

New Virginia Law Decrees All Non-Christian Servants Sailing to Colony will be Slaves for Life

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9May1800
Birth of American Abolitionist John Brown in Connecticut

Birth of American Abolitionist John Brown in Connecticut

28August1833
British Government Passes World-Wide Ban on Slavery in British Empire

British Government Passes World-Wide Ban on Slavery in British Empire

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1August1834
Slavery Abolition Act 1833 Takes Effect

Slavery Abolition Act 1833 Takes Effect

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1May1845
Southern Methodists Form New Denomination Over Slavery

Southern Methodists Form New Denomination Over Slavery

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26May1857
Emancipation of Dred Scott

Emancipation of Dred Scott

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17September1858
Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

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16October1859
John Brown Leads Abolitionist Raid on Harpers Ferry

John Brown Leads Abolitionist Raid on Harpers Ferry

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2December1859
Militant Abolitionist John Brown is Executed by Hanging for Harper's Ferry Attack

Militant Abolitionist John Brown is Executed by Hanging for Harper's Ferry Attack

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3November1860
Charleston Newspaper Prints Article on Importance of Slavery for the South

Charleston Newspaper Prints Article on Importance of Slavery for the South

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22December1860
South Carolina Secession Convention Delegate Says Slavery is the Cause of Secession

South Carolina Secession Convention Delegate Says Slavery is the Cause of Secession

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24December1860
Political Leaders in South Carolina Confirm Slavery is Reason for Seceding From U.S.

Political Leaders in South Carolina Confirm Slavery is Reason for Seceding From U.S.

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27December1860
Mississippi Senator Says Slavery Dispute is at the Heart of the Clash Between North and South

Mississippi Senator Says Slavery Dispute is at the Heart of the Clash Between North and South

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9January1861
Mississippi Secedes and Declares Slavery as the Reason for Leaving the Union

Mississippi Secedes and Declares Slavery as the Reason for Leaving the Union

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15January1861
Republican Representative Says that for the GOP, Slavery is a National Institution

Republican Representative Says that for the GOP, Slavery is a National Institution

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29January1861
Georgia Adopts its Declaration of Secession and Declares Slavery is the Reason

Georgia Adopts its Declaration of Secession and Declares Slavery is the Reason

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1July1863
Gettysburg Battle Begins When Robert E. Lee Invades the North

Gettysburg Battle Begins When Robert E. Lee Invades the North

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24December1865
K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

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24July1866
Reconstruction Begins With Readmission of Tennessee to the Union

Reconstruction Begins With Readmission of Tennessee to the Union

28July1868
14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

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26September1881
Birth of Hiram Wesley Evans, Future KKK Imperial Wizard

Birth of Hiram Wesley Evans, Future KKK Imperial Wizard

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3August1901
Birth of John C. Stennis - Racist Democratic Senator From Mississippi

Birth of John C. Stennis - Racist Democratic Senator From Mississippi

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2July1908
Birth of Thurgood Marshall, a Grandson of Slaves & Future US Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Thurgood Marshall, a Grandson of Slaves & Future US Supreme Court Justice

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25November1915
K.K.K. Re-Founded by Former Methodist Episcopal Preacher William Joseph Simmons

K.K.K. Re-Founded by Former Methodist Episcopal Preacher William Joseph Simmons

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25August1919
Birth of George Corley Wallace, Future Governor of Alabama Defender of Segregation

Birth of George Corley Wallace, Future Governor of Alabama Defender of Segregation

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19May1925
Birth of Malcolm Little, Future Malcolm X

Birth of Malcolm Little, Future Malcolm X

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7August1930
Last Confirmed Lynching in U.S. Occurs in Marion, Indiana

Last Confirmed Lynching in U.S. Occurs in Marion, Indiana

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11September1933
Birth of William L. Pierce III, Author of 'The Turner Diaries'

Birth of William L. Pierce III, Author of 'The Turner Diaries'

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13June1936
Georgia's Supreme Court Upholds Prison Sentence for Having Communist Literature

Georgia's Supreme Court Upholds Prison Sentence for Having Communist Literature

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21May1947
All-White Jury Acquits 28 Whites of Murdering a Black Man in a South Carolina Jail

All-White Jury Acquits 28 Whites of Murdering a Black Man in a South Carolina Jail

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21September1947
Archbishop Ritter Warns Catholics of Excommunication if they Try to Stop Desegregation

Archbishop Ritter Warns Catholics of Excommunication if they Try to Stop Desegregation

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5October1947
Catholic Parents Vote to End Opposition to Racial Desegregation in Parochial Schools

Catholic Parents Vote to End Opposition to Racial Desegregation in Parochial Schools

3May1948
Shelley v. Kraemer: Racially Discriminatory Deals on Real Estate Can't be Enforced

Shelley v. Kraemer: Racially Discriminatory Deals on Real Estate Can't be Enforced

12June1951
L. Ron Hubbard Gets Emergency Divorce from Sara Northrup Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard Gets Emergency Divorce from Sara Northrup Hubbard

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27June1952
McCarren-Walter Immigration Bill Passed Over President Truman's Veto

McCarren-Walter Immigration Bill Passed Over President Truman's Veto

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17May1954
Brown v. Board of Ed: Court Ends Separate But Equal Public Schools, State-Sponsored Segregation

Brown v. Board of Ed: Court Ends Separate But Equal Public Schools, State-Sponsored Segregation

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1December1955
Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Her Seat to White Passenger on Montgomery, Alabama Bus

Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Her Seat to White Passenger on Montgomery, Alabama Bus

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5August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

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15August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

17August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

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4September1957
Arkansas National Guard Stops Black Students From Entering White School

Arkansas National Guard Stops Black Students From Entering White School

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9September1957
Civil Rights Act of 1957 Signed by President Dwight Eisenhower

Civil Rights Act of 1957 Signed by President Dwight Eisenhower

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30August1958
Little Rock Clergy Support Racial Integration, But Remain Silent

Little Rock Clergy Support Racial Integration, But Remain Silent

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12September1958
Cooper vs. Aaron: Court Rejects Request for Delay in Racial Integration of Arkansas School

Cooper vs. Aaron: Court Rejects Request for Delay in Racial Integration of Arkansas School

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16September1958
Arkansas Gov. Faubus Criticized by Clergy for Opposition to School Desegregation

Arkansas Gov. Faubus Criticized by Clergy for Opposition to School Desegregation

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