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Fifteenth Amendment

February 3, 1870 Approved by Congress on February 26, 1869, ratified by the states on February 3, 1870, and certified by Secretary of State … Read more

Force Act (1833)

March 2, 1833 Approved by Congress on March 1, 1833 and signed by President Andrew Jackson the next day, the Force Act of 1833, … Read more

Fourteenth Amendment

July 28, 1868 Ratified in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was the second of the Reconstruction Amendments proposed by Congress and ratified … Read more

Freeport Doctrine

1858 During the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1856, Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas proposed the Freeport Doctrine, which held that citizens of territories could ban … Read more

Fremont’s Declaration of Martial Law

August 30, 1861 On August 30, 1861, Major General John C. Fremont declared martial law in Missouri and freed the slaves of Missouri residents … Read more

Fugitive Slave Act of 1793

1793 When delegates to the Constitutional Convention assembled in Philadelphia in 1787, one of the more daunting tasks that they faced was resolving sectional … Read more

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

September 18, 1850 The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed by Congress as one provision of the Compromise of 1850. The harsh terms … Read more

Gag Rule

May 26, 1836– December 3, 1844 The gag rule consisted of a series of changes to the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives … Read more

General Orders, No. 1 (Army of Tennessee)

December 27, 1863 On December 27, 1863, General Joseph E. Johnston issued General Orders, No. 1 (AoT) announcing that he was assuming command of … Read more