May 29, 2017

Today in History: Nathan Hale

Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, who was hanged for spying on British troops on this date in 1776. This teacher turned soldier is famous for the words he allegedly spoke before his execution, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Find out more about patriot Nathan Hale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Patriot Nathan Hale Was Hanged from … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Emancipation Proclamation

Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features the Emancipation Proclamation. On this day in 1862, just over five months after signing an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary version of this historic act, which was officially proclaimed on January 1, 1863. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a treasure trove of related primary sources. Emancipation … [Read more...]