This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This Day in History...

September 22, 1862 - President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. This set a date for freedom for the more than 3 million slaves in the United States. It also recast the Civil War in history as just a fight against slavery. After this was issued, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery and it became impossible for anti-slavery nations, like Great Britain and France, to get involved and help the South.

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