Today in 1775 – The first abolition society in North America is established. The “Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage” is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
Today in 1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. With him died any chance for an easy reconciliation between the erstwhile Confederacy and the United States. Long years of the rape of the South under the term “Reconstruction” are in the offing as the Federal Government, aided by thousands of corrupt opportunists, takes over running the Southern states to make sure everything is ‘fair’. “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”