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Mar 4, 1865: Lincoln Inaugurated for a Second Term

President Lincoln begins his second term, expressing his desire for the war to end and extending a gracious hand to the South. “Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.” He concluded

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Dec 24, 1865: KKK Founded

In Pulaski, Tennessee, a group of Confederate veterans convenes to form a secret society that they christen the “Ku Klux Klan.” The KKK rapidly grew from a secret social fraternity to a paramilitary force bent on reversing the federal government’s

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December 6, 1865: 13th Amendment Ratified

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or

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