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July 9, 1868: The 14th Amendment is Adopted 
On this day in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  It extended citizenship and its benefits to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” regardless of their race or gender, although it took nearly 100 years for this principle to be enforced.
Revisit a revolutionary period in American history with a special collection on “Emancipation, Reconstruction and the Jim Crow South” from PBS Black Culture Connection. 

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 9, 1868: The 14th Amendment is Adopted

On this day in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  It extended citizenship and its benefits to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” regardless of their race or gender, although it took nearly 100 years for this principle to be enforced.

Revisit a revolutionary period in American history with a special collection on “Emancipation, Reconstruction and the Jim Crow South” from PBS Black Culture Connection. 

whitehouse:

The First Family shares a moment in former President Nelson Mandela’s cell at Robben Island Prison.

whitehouse:

The First Family shares a moment in former President Nelson Mandela’s cell at Robben Island Prison.

breakingnews:

Irish lawmakers back bill allowing abortion in health emergency
AP: Ireland’s lawmakers voted 138-24 to back a bill legalizing abortions in life-threatening cases. The proposed law faces final passage next week. 

Prime Minister Enda Kenny easily prevailed as he sought all-party endorsement of his government’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.
Ireland, almost uniquely in Europe, officially bans abortion in all circumstances. But the Supreme Court in 1992 ruled that terminations should be legal if doctors deem one essential to safeguard the life of the woman — including from her own suicide threats.

Photo: This Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 file photo shows abortion rights protesters holding pictures of Savita Halappanavar as they march through central Dublin, demanding that Ireland’s government ensures that abortions can be performed to save a woman’s life. (Shawn Pogatchnik / AP file)
 

breakingnews:

Irish lawmakers back bill allowing abortion in health emergency

APIreland’s lawmakers voted 138-24 to back a bill legalizing abortions in life-threatening cases. The proposed law faces final passage next week. 

Prime Minister Enda Kenny easily prevailed as he sought all-party endorsement of his government’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Ireland, almost uniquely in Europe, officially bans abortion in all circumstances. But the Supreme Court in 1992 ruled that terminations should be legal if doctors deem one essential to safeguard the life of the woman — including from her own suicide threats.

Photo: This Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 file photo shows abortion rights protesters holding pictures of Savita Halappanavar as they march through central Dublin, demanding that Ireland’s government ensures that abortions can be performed to save a woman’s life. (Shawn Pogatchnik / AP file)

 

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queen-yetta-rosenberg:

A young man tied to a pickaxe in a forced labor camp. Salvery..Early 1930’s. Texas

Tell me again when slavery ended?

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queen-yetta-rosenberg:

A young man tied to a pickaxe in a forced labor camp. Salvery..Early 1930’s. Texas

Tell me again when slavery ended?

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kemetically-afrolatino:

An address on West India Emancipation, August 3, 1857 

gaywrites:

New York City Pride, you are perfect and I love you. (via The Advocate)

magdolenelives:

I made a post of these pictures because not only was Rep Thompson’s speech utterly amazing, her decision to punctuate it with a wire hanger cements something that those too young to remember or born after Roe v Wade do not know personally: the atrocity suffered before us by those who were faced with little to no choice when it came to their reproductive rights.

Much thanks to Rep Thompson and the other brave, amazing women like her that fought to overturn SB5.

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pbsthisdayinhistory:


June 27, 1880: Helen Keller is Born
On this day in 1880, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Following a childhood illness, Helen Keller became blind, deaf, and mute. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller made progress with her ability to communicate. She continued her education and went on to graduate from Radcliff College in 1904, becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree. 
Despite her disability, Keller became an author, educator, activist, humanitarian, as well as a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Learn more about the life of Helen Keller with American Masters’ "Becoming Helen Keller.”
 Photo: 1904 photo of Helen Keller (Library of Congress).

pbsthisdayinhistory:

June 27, 1880: Helen Keller is Born

On this day in 1880, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Following a childhood illness, Helen Keller became blind, deaf, and mute. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller made progress with her ability to communicate. She continued her education and went on to graduate from Radcliff College in 1904, becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree. 

Despite her disability, Keller became an author, educator, activist, humanitarian, as well as a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Learn more about the life of Helen Keller with American Masters’ "Becoming Helen Keller.”

 Photo: 1904 photo of Helen Keller (Library of Congress).

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Plaintiff Edith Windsor after SCOTUS strikes down DOMA.
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Plaintiff Edith Windsor after SCOTUS strikes down DOMA.

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“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?
I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.” -Fredrick Douglas

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?

I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.

There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.” -Fredrick Douglas