It appears that a large percentage of American adults had not been paying attention when the Constitution was taught to them in school. Or perhaps they just never received a civics lesson.
Category: Civil Rights
On this day in 1945, Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier and the great game changed forever when Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey secured him from the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues. Rickey, who called the move baseball’s “great experiment,” knew that the player chosen to cross the “color line” would have […]
On this day in 1861, the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter near Charleston, SC, the resulting battle and eventual surrender by the US Army mark the start of the American Civil War. Following the declaration of secession by South Carolina on December 20, 1860, its “government” demanded that the US Army abandon facilities in Charleston […]
On this day in 1865, with his army surrounded and his men weak and exhausted, Robert E. Lee realizes there is little choice but to consider the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant. After a series of dispatches between the two generals, they agree to meet at the relocated […]
On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis TN to have dinner with colleagues and discuss the march planned in support of the striking Memphis sanitation workers. Seconds later a single shot was fired and sparked what may go down as the bloodiest and most violent year in American history.