The South Secedes!

by Sarah Becker ©2018   The South Secedes!               More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state. The majority of the clashes occurred between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, an interesting fact given Virginia’s initial reluctance to secede. “In spite of all excitement, rash conduct, and reckless language indulged in […]

An Act to Encourage Immigration

By Sarah Becker © 2017   An Act to Encourage Immigration   Abraham Lincoln, in his 1864 holiday proclamation, praised Almighty God for augmenting “our free population by emancipation and by immigration…” To immigrate: to enter and settle in a foreign country. To naturalize: to admit a foreigner to citizenship. In 1790 naturalization was limited […]

Thanksgiving History

A holiday quiz: Which of the following contributed to the creation of America’s Thanksgiving holiday tradition(s)? Berkeley Company The Pilgrim George Washington Abraham Lincoln Calvin Coolidge Franklin D. Roosevelt Question 2, chose one: In which year did the chrysanthemum become the traditional Thanksgiving flower? 1845 1905 1942 Each contributed to the Thanksgiving holiday tradition in […]

Lincoln and the Lieber Code

On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  The Proclamation, a rewrite of a preliminary September 22, 1862 release, mostly freed the slaves.  Civil War raged and Lincoln’s pen was mightier than the sword. “Liberty is a slow fruit,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in November 1862, “and now comes Lincoln’s Proclamation…The President […]