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Slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., 1852, zoomable cityscape map
President Lincoln signed the contentious bill abolishing slavery within the District of Columbia. It was the first federal bill abolishing slavery anywhere in the United States. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 598.


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