Today In History- June 19

Today In History- June 19


U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying the Dred Scott Case.

Congress prohibits slavery in U.S. territories.

  • Washington D.C., USA

Just months before the influential Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, on June 19, 1862the Dred Scott Case is disavowed, with the prohibtion of slavery in the U.S. territories.  The decision came as fighting intensified in the Civil War, with opposition still proclaimed from the North over the Dred Scott decision.  The decision was a celebration for the Republican Party, whose close alliance with abolitionism motivated the removal of slavery in the years to follow.

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