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8 June 316
Constantine Creates a Fourth Way Slaves Can be Freed

Constantine Creates a Fourth Way Slaves Can be Freed

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17 December 1434
Pope Eugene IV Excommunicates Enslavers of Christians

Pope Eugene IV Excommunicates Enslavers of Christians

26 September 1493
Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Discovered Lands

Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Discovered Lands

2 June 1537
Pope Paul III Bans Enslavement of Native Americans

Pope Paul III Bans Enslavement of Native Americans

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18 April 1591
Pope Gregory XIV Orders Reparations to Enslaved Philippine Natives

Pope Gregory XIV Orders Reparations to Enslaved Philippine Natives

13 October 1670
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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9 May 1800
Birth of American Abolitionist John Brown in Connecticut

Birth of American Abolitionist John Brown in Connecticut

28 August 1833
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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1 August 1834
Slavery Abolition Act 1833 Takes Effect

Slavery Abolition Act 1833 Takes Effect

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1 May 1845
Southern Methodists Form New Denomination Over Slavery

Southern Methodists Form New Denomination Over Slavery

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26 May 1857
Emancipation of Dred Scott

Emancipation of Dred Scott

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17 September 1858
Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

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16 October 1859
John Brown Leads Abolitionist Raid on Harpers Ferry

John Brown Leads Abolitionist Raid on Harpers Ferry

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2 December 1859
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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3 November 1860
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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22 December 1860
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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24 December 1860
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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27 December 1860
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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9 January 1861
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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15 January 1861
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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29 January 1861
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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1 July 1863
Gettysburg Battle Begins When Robert E. Lee Invades the North

Gettysburg Battle Begins When Robert E. Lee Invades the North

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24 December 1865
K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

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

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24 July 1866
Reconstruction Begins With Readmission of Tennessee to the Union

Reconstruction Begins With Readmission of Tennessee to the Union

28 July 1868
14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

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26 September 1881
Birth of Hiram Wesley Evans, Future KKK Imperial Wizard

Birth of Hiram Wesley Evans, Future KKK Imperial Wizard

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3 August 1901
Birth of John C. Stennis - Racist Democratic Senator From Mississippi

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

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2 July 1908
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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25 November 1915
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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25 August 1919
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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19 May 1925
Birth of Malcolm Little, Future Malcolm X

Birth of Malcolm Little, Future Malcolm X

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7 August 1930
Last Confirmed Lynching in U.S. Occurs in Marion, Indiana

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

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11 September 1933
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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13 June 1936
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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21 May 1947
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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21 September 1947
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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5 October 1947
Catholic Parents Vote to End Opposition to Racial Desegregation in Parochial Schools

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

3 May 1948
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

12 June 1951
L. Ron Hubbard Gets Emergency Divorce from Sara Northrup Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard Gets Emergency Divorce from Sara Northrup Hubbard

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27 June 1952
McCarren-Walter Immigration Bill Passed Over President Truman's Veto

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

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17 May 1954
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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1 December 1955
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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5 August 1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

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15 August 1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

17 August 1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

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4 September 1957
Arkansas National Guard Stops Black Students From Entering White School

Arkansas National Guard Stops Black Students From Entering White School

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

Civil Rights Act of 1957 Signed by President Dwight Eisenhower

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30 August 1958
Little Rock Clergy Support Racial Integration, But Remain Silent

Little Rock Clergy Support Racial Integration, But Remain Silent

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12 September 1958
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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16 September 1958
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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