This Day in People's History

Welcome to the This Day in People's History (#tdih) series. Search people’s history events by date, theme, state, or keyword.

We need your help to add thousands more #tdih posts. Donate today to bring people’s history to classrooms across the country. Historians are invited to contribute entries.

April 16, 1862: Compensated Emancipation Act

The federal government compensated the “owners” of enslaved people for their “loss of property.” The people whose labor and families were stolen for generations were not compensated nor given any assistance for the transition to freedom.
Continue reading