‘So glorious a page of the nation’s history’

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Heather Cox Richardson

My favorite historian/blogger, Heather Cox Richardson, took the opportunity of the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, to remind us of an earlier glorious event in the story of the Long Road to down from the American. the road to equal rights for all, regardless of race.

It was the passage, in January 1865, with the Civil War still but the end in sight, of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery.

As Richardson wrote, of (as she often does) history relevant to today’s developments:

Representative George W. Julian (R-IN) later recalled what it had been like to participate in that memorable day in 1865: “It seemed to me that I had been born into a new life and that the world was overflowing with beauty and joy, while I was unspeakably grateful for the privilege of writing my name on such a glorious page of the nation’s history.”

The full (not very long) Richardson post can be accessed at this link.

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