This Day in Our History
Posted by joyinhome on February 5, 2010
Everyday this month, a little-known fact about history made on this date will be featured.
1866 – Congressman Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to Freedmen’s Bureau bill authorizing the distribution of public land and confiscated land to freedmen and loyal refugees in forty acre lots (“40 acres and a mule”). The measure was defeated in the House by a vote of 126 to 37. A Black delegation, led by Frederick Douglas called on President Johnson and urged ballots for former slaves.
Stay tuned for more history factoids.