Feb-8: A Day of Bigotry

1861

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Birth of the Confederacy

The Confederate States of America was formed. While some argue that the Confederacy was about state’s rights and not slavery, they are ill informed.   One need only read the articles of secession of the various states which makes clear that the secession was driven by slavery.    See Civil War 150th Anniversary: It Was About Slavery.

1865, 1867

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Delaware’s Confederacy of Dunces

Delaware was a slave holding state that supported the Union (it was the first state to ratify the Constitution).  As the Civil War was coming to a close, Delaware voted AGAINST the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery.

Two years later on the same date it voted AGAINST the 14th Amendment guaranteeing equal protection under the law. 

Delaware would later ratify both amendments after they had become effective.

1915

Birth of a Nation Premiers

D.W. Griffith’s epic and historic movie premiered in Los Angeles.  The film has been widely criticized for glorifying the KKK.

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