On This Day, Nov. 6, 1860 – Abraham Lincoln Elected President

1860 – Abraham Lincoln was elected to be the sixteenth president of the United States after securing the Republican Party presidential nomination as a moderate from a swing state. With very little support in the slave states, Lincoln swept the North and was elected president in 1860. His election prompted seven southern slave states to form the Confederacy before he took office. “It follows from these views that no State upon its own mere motion can lawfully get out of the Union; that ‘resolves’ and ‘ordinances’ to that effect are legally void, and that acts of violence within any State or States against the authority of the United States are insurrectionary or revolutionary, according to circumstances. I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the laws the Union is unbroken, and to the extent of my ability, I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon...

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White House Chief of Staff Praises Robert E. Lee, Expresses Sympathy for the Confederacy

by Aaron Rupar – John Kelly thinks “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War,” not slavery. During an interview on the debut edition of Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show Monday night, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly praised Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and openly expressed sympathy for the Confederate cause. Asked about a Virginia church’s decision to remove a plaque honoring Lee, Kelly said, “I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man.” “He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days,” Kelly continued. “Now it’s different today.” Kelly went on to offer an odd analysis of the cause of the Civil War, attributing it to a “lack of an ability to compromise” rather than the...

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On This Day, Oct 16, 1854 – Lincoln Speaks Out Against Slavery

On this day in 1854, an obscure lawyer and Congressional hopeful from the state of Illinois named Abraham Lincoln delivers a speech regarding the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which Congress had passed five months earlier. In his speech, the future president denounced the act and outlined his views on slavery, which he called “immoral.” Under the terms of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, two new territories—Kansas and Nebraska—would be allowed into the Union and each territory’s citizens would be given the power to determine whether slavery would be allowed within the territory’s borders. It was believed that the act would set a precedent for determining the legality of slavery in other new territories. Controversy over the act influenced political races across the country that fall. Abolitionists, like Lincoln, hoped to convince lawmakers in the new territories to reject slavery. Lincoln, who was practicing law at the time, campaigned on behalf of abolitionist Republicans...

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None of These Awful Moments Got Jeffrey Lord Fired From CNN, but a Two Word Tweet Did

by Addy Baird – The CNN contributor and Trump supporter tweeted “Sieg Heil!” at a liberal activist Thursday. CNN has finally fired Jeffrey Lord, a Trump supporter and contributor to the network, after Lord tweeted a Nazi salute at a liberal activist Thursday.  marisa kabas  ✔@MarisaKabas hey @CNN you need to fire this guy, cool, thanks 3:23 PM – Aug 10, 2017 “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.” But Lord has been stirring controversy on CNN’s airwaves for months now. Here are six Jeffrey Lord moments the network apparently found defensible: 1. Saying the KKK had a “progressive agenda” Members of the KKK, Lord said on CNN, were Democrats. “Don’t hide and say that’s not part of the base of the Democratic Party,” Lord said. “They were the military arm, the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, according to historians. For God’s sake...

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On This Day, June 16, 1858 – Abe Lincoln Warns ‘A House Divided Cannot Stand’

1858 – Newly nominated senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln addresses the Illinois Republican Convention in Springfield and warns that the nation faces a crisis that could destroy the Union. Speaking to more than 1,000 delegates in an ominous tone, Lincoln paraphrased a passage from the New Testament: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” The issue dividing the nation was slavery’s place in the growing western territories and the extent of federal power over individual states’ rights. Lincoln declared that only the federal government had the power to end slavery. While the southern states relied on an economy and lifestyle dependent upon the cheap labor provided by African-American slaves, the North opposed slavery on moral grounds. The northern states also considered industrialization and manufacturing the key to America’s economic future, not farming. The entrance of new states into the Union, such as Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, brought to a head...

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On This Day, May 22, 1856 – Violence Erupts in the Halls of Congress

1856 – Southern Congressman Preston Brooks savagely beats Northern Senator Charles Sumner in the halls of Congress as tensions rise over the expansion of slavery. When the controversial Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was passed, popular sovereignty was applied within the two new territories and people were given the right to decide the slave issue by vote. Because the act nullified the Missouri Compromise of 1820, the debate over slavery intensified. Northerners were incensed that slavery could again resurface in an area where it had been banned for over 30 years. When violence broke out in Kansas Territory, the issue became central in Congress. On May 19, Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner, an ardent abolitionist, began a two-day speech on the Senate floor in which he decried the “crime against Kansas” and blasted three of his colleagues by name, one of whom — South Carolina Senator Andrew P. Butler — was...

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On This Day, May 21, 1856 – Lawrence, Kansas Sacked by Pro-Slavery Forces

Lawrence was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery settlers, many with the financial support of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. The town soon became the center of pro-slavery violence in Kansas Territory. While the village had been besieged in December 1855, it was not directly attacked at that time. The non-fatal shooting of Douglas County Sheriff Samuel Jones on April 23, 1856, while he was attempting to arrest free-state settlers in Lawrence, is considered the immediate cause of the violence. Lawrence residents drove Jones out of town after they shot him, and on May 11, Federal Marshal J. B. Donaldson proclaimed the act had interfered with the execution of warrants against the extralegal Free-State legislature, which was set up in opposition to the official pro-slavery territorial government. Based on this proclamation, as well the finding by a grand jury that Lawrence’s Free State Hotel was actually built to use as a fort, Sheriff Jones assembled a posse of about...

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On This Day, Dec. 6, 1865 – Slavery Ends as 13th Amendment Ratified

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment abolished slavery in the U.S. The history behind this amendment’s adoption is an interesting one. Prior to the Civil War, in February 1861, Congress had passed a Thirteenth Amendment for an entirely different purpose–to guarantee the legality and perpetuity of slavery in the slave states, rather than to end it. This amendment guaranteeing slavery was a result of the complicated sectional politics of the antebellum period, and a futile effort to preclude Civil War. Although the Thirteenth Amendment that guaranteed slavery was narrowly passed by both houses, the Civil War started before it could be sent to the states for ratification. But the final version of the Thirteenth Amendment — the one ending slavery — has an interesting story of its own. Passed during the Civil War years, when southern congressional representatives were not present for debate, one would think today that it must...

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The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

by Lauren Karaffa – The American prison system is a massive — if invisible — part of our economy and social fabric Slavery has been abolished in the United States since 1865, when the 13th Amendment was passed in the ashes of the Civil War. Well, almost abolished. Actually, the amendment included a caveat: “except as punishment for a crime.” Since then, prison and forced labor have always gone together. In fact, with over 2 million people behind bars in this country, the American prison system is a massive — albeit largely invisible — part of our economy and social fabric. Recent years have seen a rise in both private prisons and the use of prison labor by private, for-profit corporations. This has created perverse incentives to imprison people and exploit them for cheap labor — often at 50 cents an hour or less. Corporations such as Microsoft, Target, Revlon, and...

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Carson: Women Who Have Abortions Are Like Slave Owners

by RYAN KORONOWSKI – On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, GOP presidential contender — and recent Iowa frontrunner — Ben Carson compared women who decided to have abortions to slave owners who “thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave.” The discussion came after host Chuck Todd asked if life began at conception, to which Carson answered “I believe it does.” Todd asked whose right should be superseded — the mother or the child. “In the ideal situation, the mother should not believe that the baby is her enemy, and should not be looking to terminate her baby,” Carson said. “Things are set up in such a way that the person in the world who has the greatest interest in protecting her baby is the mother.” Carson said “purveyors of a vision” have been allowed to “make mothers believe that baby is her enemy and...

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On This Day, July 13, 1787 – Northwest Ordinance Sets Rules for More States

1787 – Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance, structuring settlement of the Northwest Territory and creating a policy for the addition of new states to the nation. The members of Congress knew that if their new confederation were to survive intact, it had to resolve the states’ competing claims to western territory. In 1781, Virginia began by ceding its extensive land claims to Congress, a move that made other states more comfortable in doing the same. In 1784, Thomas Jefferson first proposed a method of incorporating these western territories into the United States. His plan effectively turned the territories into colonies of the existing states. Ten new northwestern territories would select the constitution of an existing state and then wait until its population reached 20,000 to join the confederation as a full member. Congress, however, feared that the new states — 10 in the Northwest as well as Kentucky, Tennessee...

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New Social Studies Textbooks In Texas Do Not Mention KKK Or Jim Crow Laws

By ELIZABETH PRESTON, Addicting Info – We saw it coming. We knew it was nearly inevitable. First, it was creationism in Biology textbooks. Then, it was the battle for Moses in the Social Studies textbooks, which included teaching right-wing political views as history. And finally, they’ve successfully done the impossible. The Washington Post is reporting that this fall, over five million public school students will be taught using  social studies textbooks that do not so much as mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws. In fact, it is reported that the new Texas guidelines for American history “barely address racial segregation.” And how is the history of the Civil War being taught? Well, it was states’ rights of course! Pat Hardy, a Republican who sat on the state board of education in 2010, when these new standards were adopted, says: “There would be those who would say the reason for the...

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Obama’s Amazing Grace

by Donald Kaul – He left Clementa Pinckney’s funeral as a black man who happened to be president If Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech is the 20th century equivalent of Abraham Lincoln’s magnificent Second Inaugural — and I think it is — then what President Barack Obama gave us in Charleston, South Carolina is our century’s Gettysburg Address. He gave a marvelous eulogy that was powerful and eloquent. He was moving without resorting to sentimentality. Obama embraced the life of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, slain in his historically black church by a white racist only days before. Rather than merely eulogizing the man, Obama traced the black experience in America, all through its history of slavery, war, segregation, discrimination, mass imprisonment, and murder. And despite the bleakness of that history, Obama found redemption in Pinckney’s life. He talked about the reverend’s gift of grace, and how grace has buoyed...

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GOP Rep. Trent Franks: Legal Abortion Is Like Slavery (AUDIO)

by SHANNON BARBER – Another day, another offensive comparison to slavery from a GOP elected official. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) went on the Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ radio show this week to discuss his 20-week abortion ban. The ban, which passed the Arizona House of Representatives last week, includes a limited exception for rape and incest victims, but Franks didn’t even want that in there. Well, in discussing the issue on Perkins’ show, Franks said what most thinking people have known about all of these attacks on women’s reproductive health all along: That the purpose is to, quote, “completely undermine” Roe v. Wade. That isn’t all, though. Franks also said that he hopes to convince Americans to think as he does and to “realize that as a country, we’ve been here before,” when “African Americans were considered property.” This is about as offensive as it gets. Comparing allowing a...

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What’s In A Name? $20 When That Name Is Harriet Tubman (VIDEOS)

by thinkingblue – Let us hope most of the majority of men in Congress will see to it that finally a woman deserves the same kind of honor only granted to males of our species, their face on USA currency, too long a coming. Way to go Harriet Tubman! Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad’s “conductors.” During a ten-year span she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. And, as she once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.”Tubman was born a slave in Maryland’s Dorchester County around 1820. At age five or six, she began to work as a house servant. Seven years later she was sent to work in the fields. While she was still in her early teens, she suffered an injury that would follow her...

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7 Ridiculous Things Ben Carson Believes

by KIRA LERNER – Retired brain surgeon and conservative commentator Ben Carson is expected to announce today in his hometown of Detroit, MI that he will be running for the Republican nomination for president. Even though Carson has never held public office, his short time in the spotlight has given him plenty of opportunity to make controversial and often factually incorrect statements. “It’s so important that we get the best candidate,” Carson said on Fox News earlier this year. “Not the one with the highest name recognition but the one who can articulate the values of this nation, who can really represent the people, who understands the constitution and is willing to face challenges.” Here are some of the ideas Carson has pushed during his political career: Anarchy could cancel the 2016 election Carson warned in an interview in 2014 that if we “continue down this pathway that we are...

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Fox’s Tucker Carlson: ‘We Don’t Have Slavery In The World Today’ Because Of Christianity (VIDEO)

by JOHN PRAGER – Did you know that Christians eradicated slavery worldwide? This may come as a shock to the more than 30 million people still living as slaves worldwide (including in the United States), but to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, it is a fact. Nevermind that slavery was instituted in the United States BY Christians — the fact that some pivotal figures in ending (official) slavery in the U.S. were Christians completely absolves the Faithful of any wrongdoing. At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama reminded Christians who condemn all of Islam because of the acts of a few (percentage-wise) extremists that Christians have been involved in their own hateful actions, carried out in the name of Christ: “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of...

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Wolf Blitzer Gets Ben Carson Caught Up In His Own Word Salad Of ‘Nazi Germany’ And ‘Obamacare Is Slavery’ (VIDEO)

by S L – On the latest “Wolf” show on CNN, with host Wolf Blitzer, Ben Carson was held to task. Earlier this year, Ben Carson said the United States government, as it is now, is “very much like Nazi Germany.” Also saying: “You had the government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.” Carson told Newsmax TV: “We live in a Gestapo age, people don’t realize it.” Wolf Blitzer asked Carson about those remarks: Blitzer: You’ve got to explain that, because when I heard the comparison of the United States of America, the greatest country in the world… the greatest country ever, to Nazi Germany, I said, “What is he talking about?” Carson: Well, see, what you were doing is allowing words to affect you more than listening to what was actually being...

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Christopher Columbus Driven by Ill Winds

by William Loren Katz – Columbus’s Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria were driven across the Atlantic by the same ill winds that from 1095 to 1272 launched nine Eruopean Crusades to capture Moslem Jerusalem. Defeated and humiliated the invaders suffered staggering human losses, left royal treasuries depleted, and convinced Christian leaders to only pay lip service to another try. Except for Christopher Columbus. Born Christopher Colon this ambitious Genoese craved adventure, was given to religious mysticism to the point he accepted God’s personal command to free the Holy Land. He also saw God’s hand in cloud formations, splashing waves, and distant stars, and had read a religious book that convinced him the world would end in 150 years. He claimed at sea he once saw three mermaids dancing on waves, and was sure in distant lands he would meet men with tails or heads of dogs. God had chosen him...

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Rush Limbaugh: Obama Thinks White Americans ‘Deserve’ Ebola Because Of Slavery (AUDIO)

by DeWyn – Monday must have been a slow day in the blame Obama world because Rush Limbaugh pulled his latest right out of his you know what. He claimed that Obama is letting Ebola into the country as payback for slavery. On his radio show, Limbaugh began his rant by responding to a caller from the previous week. Limbaugh admitted that he didn’t have the callers “exact words,” but his summary was that we owe it to Liberia to do something about the Ebola epidemic because Liberia wouldn’t be a country if it weren’t for American slavery (which is partly true. Liberia was originally populated by some freed slaves). Limbaugh also noted that Sierra Leon was established by “British African-Americans.” Yes, he said that. Limbaugh went on to say that a lot of liberals believe “we kind of deserve a little bit of this,” before jumping to the totally...

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