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The Emancipation Proclamation

The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. By: Laura Era.

American history is replete with instances of the public pressuring a president to take action on an issue. On far fewer occasions, presidents, through speaking to voters, calling for congressional action, or issuing executive orders, have risked political capital to lead the public to advance on a prominent issue. In the middle of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln convened his Cabinet to discuss taking action on an issue that had been consuming him for weeks but was likely to endanger his bid for reelection in 1864 and was certain to change the direction of the ongoing and increasingly bloody Civil War. Continue reading “The Emancipation Proclamation”

American Cities in the Early 1800s

Cincinnati Harbor in 1838. By: Josef Motschmann.

From the 1820s through the 1840s, America’s cities were changing rapidly due to the transportation revolution, technological advances, and world events.

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The Emergence of Regional Differences

An engraving of Cincinnati. The early 1800s.

As the Great Migration occurred after the War of 1812, regional differences came to light amongst Americans.

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