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Mulberry Tree Craze (1835-1839)

During this period, the price of mulberry trees and cuttings rises dramatically. But the process of growing silk takes many years to yield profits and the craze ends in 1839. Most growers lose a fortune.

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The Emancipation Proclamation (1863)

The Emancipation Proclamation consists of two Executive Orders by President Lincoln that together free slaves in the Confederate States of America. The Proclamation can only be enforced as Union troops advanced into Confederate territory. Although the Emancipation Proclamation …

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Thirteenth Amendment Abolishes Slavery (1865)

The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially abolishes slavery and indentured servitude. This act has the lasting effect of ending slavery throughout the United States.

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William Lloyd Garrison Launches The Liberator (1831)

William Garrison is an abolitionist and journalist. His New England-based publication, The LiberatorThe Liberator was an abolitionist newspaper founded by William Lloyd Garrison in 1831. The Liberator was a weekly publication published in Boston for 35 years. Although it …

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David Ruggles Moves to Northampton (1842)

David RugglesDavid Ruggles was an anti-slavery activist who was active in the New York Committee of Vigilance and the Underground Railroad. He claimed to have led over six hundred people, including friend and fellow abolitionist Frederick DouglassOne of the foremost …

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Frederick Douglass Escapes (1838)

Frederick DouglassOne of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movementMovement to abolish/end slavery in the United States that increasingly gained support in the 1830s, 40s, and 50s., which fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior …

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Sojourner Truth Freed by the New York State Emancipation Act (1827)

After walking out on her owner with her infant child, Truth is later freed by the New York State Emancipation Order.

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Sojourner Truth dies (1883)

After a life spent fighting for social reform, Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth was born as Isabella Baumfree. She was a slave who was sold several times until she was freed under New York state law. She became an abolitionist and women’s …

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Sojourner Truth born (1797)

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth was born as Isabella Baumfree. She was a slave who was sold several times until she was freed under New York state law. She became an abolitionist and women’s rights advocate through her religious activism. Her narrative …

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Civil War (1860-1865)

In 1861, eleven Southern states secede from the United States and form the Confederate States of America. This triggers a bloody conflict that lasts for four years.

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