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Okay, posting this for a friend... >.>

Does anyone know any random things that happened in US history? Pre-1776, year/name of fact...

If you know any history nerds, link them?

*okay, it can be after 1776, but that stuff's more, like, important atm.

*is lame*

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butterbuns
Sep. 6th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)

1837
Abolitionist and editor Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy is murdered by an anti-abolitionist mob in Alton, Illinois.

An Antislavery Convention of American Women meets in New York City with both black and white women participating.

African-Americans lose the right to vote in Pennsylvania (by amendment to the State Constitution) and Michigan (by state law). In New York, African-Americans petition the state legislature for voting rights.

1838
August 18: The U.S. Exploring Expedition sails from Hampton Roads, Virginia.

September: Frederick Baily escapes slavery, making his way from Baltimore to New York City, and from there to New Bedford, where he takes on a new name, Frederick Douglass.

A Philadelphia mob destroys the Pennsylvania Hall, where abolitionists have held meetings, then goes on a rampage burning and terrorizing African-American neighborhoods. Municipal authorities do nothing to halt the carnage.

Joshua R. Giddings of Ohio is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first avowed abolitionist Congressman.

Rev. James W.C. Pennington, who would minister to the Amistad Africans, pastors an African Congregational Church at Newtown, Connecticut. In 1840 he moves to a new congregation in Hartford. In 1841 he publishesA Textbook of the Origin and History of the Colored People, the first history of its kind.

1839
June 12: HMS Buzzard escorts two American slave ships into New York, the brig Eagle and the schoonerClara, to be tried by American courts. Two weeks later, several more slavers arrive in New York, the Butterfly and the Catharine, manned by British naval officers as prizes of another royal ship on the Africa squadron. The British had already attempted to try the vessels in Sierra Leone before a mixed Anglo-Spanish commission adjudicating alleged slaving, but that commission had refused to try the vessels on the grounds they sailed under the American flag. At this point the British had escorted their prizes to New York, trying to force the Americans to enforce their laws against slave trading.


August 27: The Amistad is taken into New London.

November 13: The Liberty Party holds its first national convention in Warsaw, New York, proclaiming its anti-slavery program and nominating James C. Birney for President.
Among the Liberty Party's leading supporters is African-American abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet.

Theodore Dwight Weld publishes American Slavery as it is, a powerful indictment of slavery.

Garrisonians take control of the American Anti-Slavery Society and radicalize its platform, demanding the immediate abolition of slavery.

President Martin Van Buren orders U.S. Navy to resume West African patrols.

1840
January 19: The Wilkes Expedition claims part of Antarctica for the U.S.

Richard Henry Dana, Jr. publishes Two Years Before the Mast.

The Amistad Africans spend the year in jail.

Division in American Anti-Slavery Society over role of women weakens abolitionist efforts


1841
March 9: The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the freedom of the Amistad Africans.

November 7: African American slaves aboard the brig Creole revolt en route from Virginia to New Orleans. The rebels force the captain and crew to sail them to Nassau in the Bahamas. There British authorities take nineteen of the rebels into custody but free the remainder, England having abolished slavery in the British West Indies in 1833.

Frederick Douglass is hired by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society as a full-time lecturer.