Sunday, November 22, 2009

Slavery Abolished in the District of Columbia

The bill for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia passed the House of Representatives on Friday by a vote of 98 against 39, and was, promptly signed by the President.

Eighteen months ago no one dreamed that such an event was probable during this generation, and yet to day it is an accomplished fact. So much at least the rebellion has accomplished in the right direction, and it would not be more strange if eighteen months hence slavery should be abolished in the Border States. Events crowd upon each other in rapid succession, and produce sudden and radical changes in the condition of public affairs and in the policy of Government and in the sentiment of the people.

– Published in The Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa, Tuesday, April 15, 1862

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