This Day In History December 20

Historical Events & Manuscripts on December 20

December 20, 1860

The Charleston Mercury had already given warning. If the “Black Republican” party succeeded in the upcoming presidential election, it declared in the summer of 1860, “loyalty to the Union will be treason to the South.”

December 20, 1863

Abraham Lincoln swears he shall not modify the Emancipation Proclamation, nor return to slavery any person freed by it.