Today’s blog post comes from National Archives social media intern Anna Fitzpatrick. Before the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, many men and women in bondage ran away from their owners to freedom. These escape attempts were dangerous, and not all of them were successful. Abolitionists sometimes helped slaves in their flight to freedom, like these [...]
Posted by Hilary on December 10, 2012, under - Civil Rights, - Civil War, - Constitution, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Tags: Emancipation Proclamation, EP 150, freedom, Jane Johnson, Philadelphia, slavery, Underground Railroad, Writ of Habeas Corpus
Today’s blog post comes from National Archives social media intern Anna Fitzpatrick. January 1 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. While this document is remembered for freeing the slaves in the Southern states, petitioners had been attempting to end slavery since the nation’s founding. Petitions by anti-slavery groups were sent to the newly [...]
Posted by Hilary on December 4, 2012, under - Civil Rights, - Civil War.
Tags: Absalom Jones, African Americans, Congress, Emancipation Proclamation, EP 150, free blacks, Philadelphia, slave trade, slavery
In the last post, we brought the Adams-Vergennes story up to their abrupt break in late July 1780. Adams departed for the Netherlands, where he hoped to raise additional funds for the United States war effort and make the United States less dependent on France. Meanwhile, Vergennes appealed to Franklin and through Franklin to Congress, [...]
Posted by Hilary on July 24, 2012, under Uncategorized.
Tags: Adams, ambassador, American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, Congress, france, Franklin, John adams, Luzerne, Paris, Philadelphia, Vergennes
This is part of a series, written by Jim Zeender, devoted to letters written by the Founding Fathers in their own words and often in their own hand. Jim is a senior registrar in National Archives Exhibits. John Adams of Massachusetts and Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania crossed paths during “critical moments” in the earliest days [...]
Posted by Hilary on June 20, 2012, under - Presidents, - Revolutionary War, Letters in the National Archives.
Tags: Benjamin Franklin, declaration of independence, First Continental Congress, george washington, Jim Zeender, John adams, Lord Howe, Massachusetts Historical Society, Philadelphia, revolutionary war, Thomas Paine
Today’s post was written by National Archives volunteer Paul Richter. It is the first in a series tracing the development of the Constitution in honor of the 225th anniversary of this document. Eleven years after the Declaration of Independence announced the birth of the United States, the survival of the young country seemed in doubt. [...]