Category: Civil Rights

Lincoln: A House Divided

On this day in 1858, after receiving his fledgling Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for US Senate, Abraham Lincoln delivers his “House Divided” speech before 1,000 delegates in the Springfield Statehouse. The address drew sharp lines and set the tone for the rail splitter’s unsuccessful campaign for the seat, held by Democrat and Stephen A. Douglas, […]

The Battle for Texas

On this day in 1846, Congress declares war on Mexico at the request of newly-minted President James K. Polk. The conflict centered on the independent Republic of Texas, which had opted to join the United States after establishing its independence from Mexico a decade earlier. The new president wanted Texas as part of the United […]