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picture of the day: Happy Days Photographer Gertrude Kasebier

Happy Days

Photographer Gertrude Kasebier captures a portrait of her grandson, Charles O’Malley, surrounded by girls (holding wildflowers and a kitten) in Newport, Rhode Island in 1902.

Photo: Library of Congress

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this day in the yesteryear: Confederate States of America Established (1861)

Confederate States of America Established (1861)

Although Abraham Lincoln had stated his willingness to tolerate slavery where it currently existed, his election as US president precipitated the secession of several Southern states. South Carolina, the first to secede, was soon followed out of the Union by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. On February 4, 1861, delegates from the seceding states met in Alabama to organize a provisional government. Who was elected president of the Confederate States of America? More… Discuss

today’s picture: Jefferson Davis Leaves the U.S. Senate

Jefferson Davis Leaves the U.S. Senate

Just weeks after his home state of Mississippi seceded from the Union, U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis prepared to leave Washington, D.C., and the country he had served as a soldier, cabinet member and member of Congress. On January 21, 1861, Davis and five other Southern senators made emotional farewell speeches. One more time, Davis enumerated the reasons why the South felt secession was its only recourse: ‘…when you deny to us the right to withdraw from a Government which…threatens to be destructive to our rights, we but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence….’ Davis then apologized to any senators he may have offended, and finished his address by saying, ‘…it only remains for me to bid you a final adieu.’

Image: Weider History Group Archives

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