The relationship between Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln has long been the stuff of legend. According to one report, in 1857 Lincoln in his Springfield law office picked up a copy of Whitman’s poetry...
The first women's rights convention in history was held in Seneca Falls, New York. The convention called for women’s suffrage and issued a Declaration of Sentiments based on the Declaration of Independence. Only two of the convention's participants would live to see the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
After the overthrow of King James II in England, American colonists rebelled and royal governors were removed in several colonies. Militia officer Jacob Leisler became governor of New York, but he was hanged for treason in 1691 when royal authority was reinstated.
In “An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America” at the Convention of Free People of Color in Buffalo, New York, abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet openly called for slave insurrection, declaring “Brethren, arise, arise! Strike for your lives and liberties. Now is the day and the hour. Let every slave throughout the land do this and the days of slavery are numbered.”