Day In History

Discover the global events and personal stories of December 20

December 20, 1860

“The Union is Dissolved!”

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

Lincoln Swears to Uphold the Emancipation Proclamation

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



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