This Day in History

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May 3, 1866: Memphis Massacre

White civilians and police killed 46 African-Americans and injured many more while burning houses, schools, and churches in Memphis, Tennessee.
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Economics
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April 28, 1977: Disability Rights Sit-Ins Force Federal Government to Enact Section 504

Between April 5 and April 28, 1977, hundreds of disabled and handicapped activists organized, protested, and occupied government buildings around the country to pressure the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph Califano, to enact Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and publish regulations to guide its enforcement.
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Disability, Organizing
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April 25, 1846: U.S. Mexico War Begins

Today’s border with Mexico is the product of invasion and war. Grasping some of the motives for that war and some of its immediate effects begins to provide students the kind of historical context that is crucial for thinking about the line that separates the United States and Mexico.
Themes: Latinx, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Columbia Student Occupation 1968

April 23, 1968: Columbia Student Occupation

Students for a Democratic Society, Student Afro-American Society and others began a nonviolent occupation of campus buildings at Columbia University.
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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