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3 November 1857
U.S. Col. Albert Johnston Starts for Salt Lake City to Depose Brigham Young as Governor

U.S. Col. Albert Johnston Starts for Salt Lake City to Depose Brigham Young as Governor

21 November 1857
Alfred Cumming Officially Replaces Brigham Young as Governor in Utah Territory

Alfred Cumming Officially Replaces Brigham Young as Governor in Utah Territory

23 March 1858
Brigham Young Order Scorched Earth Campaign to Stop U.S. Army

Brigham Young Order Scorched Earth Campaign to Stop U.S. Army

26 June 1858
U.S. Army Enters Salt Lake City to Restore Peace and Install Non-Mormon Governor

U.S. Army Enters Salt Lake City to Restore Peace and Install Non-Mormon Governor

17 September 1858
Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

Death of Dred Scott - Plaintiff in Landmark Supreme Court Case

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16 October 1859
John Brown Leads Abolitionist Raid on Harpers Ferry

John Brown Leads Abolitionist Raid on Harpers Ferry

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20 October 1859
Birth of John Dewey, American Philosopher and Educator

Birth of John Dewey, American Philosopher and Educator

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2 December 1859
Militant Abolitionist John Brown is Executed by Hanging for Harper's Ferry Attack

Militant Abolitionist John Brown is Executed by Hanging for Harper's Ferry Attack

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19 March 1860
Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

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3 November 1860
Charleston Newspaper Prints Article on Importance of Slavery for the South

Charleston Newspaper Prints Article on Importance of Slavery for the South

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22 December 1860
South Carolina Secession Convention Delegate Says Slavery is the Cause of Secession

South Carolina Secession Convention Delegate Says Slavery is the Cause of Secession

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24 December 1860
Political Leaders in South Carolina Confirm Slavery is Reason for Seceding From U.S.

Political Leaders in South Carolina Confirm Slavery is Reason for Seceding From U.S.

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27 December 1860
Mississippi Senator Says Slavery Dispute is at the Heart of the Clash Between North and South

Mississippi Senator Says Slavery Dispute is at the Heart of the Clash Between North and South

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9 January 1861
Mississippi Secedes and Declares Slavery as the Reason for Leaving the Union

Mississippi Secedes and Declares Slavery as the Reason for Leaving the Union

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15 January 1861
Republican Representative Says that for the GOP, Slavery is a National Institution

Republican Representative Says that for the GOP, Slavery is a National Institution

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29 January 1861
Georgia Adopts its Declaration of Secession and Declares Slavery is the Reason

Georgia Adopts its Declaration of Secession and Declares Slavery is the Reason

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2 March 1861
Arkansas Governor at Secession Convention: Slavery is Point of the Conflict

Arkansas Governor at Secession Convention: Slavery is Point of the Conflict

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11 March 1861
Confederate States of America Constitution Promotes Enslavement of Blacks

Confederate States of America Constitution Promotes Enslavement of Blacks

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21 March 1861
Virginia Secession Convention: John Baldwin States Slavery Reason for Secession

Virginia Secession Convention: John Baldwin States Slavery Reason for Secession

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21 March 1861
Alexander Stephens, Confederate VP: Cornerstone of Confederacy is White Supremacism

Alexander Stephens, Confederate VP: Cornerstone of Confederacy is White Supremacism

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28 March 1861
Thomas Goode at Virginia Secession Convention: Reason for Secession is Slavery

Thomas Goode at Virginia Secession Convention: Reason for Secession is Slavery

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5 August 1861

First American Income Tax Created to Help Pay for Civil War

23 January 1862
Mormon Delegates Draw Up Another Utah Constitution

Mormon Delegates Draw Up Another Utah Constitution

3 June 1862
Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act Prohibits Polygamy in U.S. Territories

Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act Prohibits Polygamy in U.S. Territories

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8 July 1862

Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act Targets Mormon Polygamy, Won't Be Enforced

10 September 1862
Philadelphia's Rabbi Jacob Frankel Becomes First U.S. Army Jewish Chaplain

Philadelphia's Rabbi Jacob Frankel Becomes First U.S. Army Jewish Chaplain

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19 November 1862
Birth of William Ashley Sunday, American Baseball Player Who Becomes an Evangelist

Birth of William Ashley Sunday, American Baseball Player Who Becomes an Evangelist

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17 December 1862
U.S. Grant Expels All Jews From His Military District

U.S. Grant Expels All Jews From His Military District

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27 February 1863
Birth of Social Behaviorist George Herbert Mead

Birth of Social Behaviorist George Herbert Mead

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21 May 1863

Formal Organization of Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Michigan

1 July 1863
Gettysburg Battle Begins When Robert E. Lee Invades the North

Gettysburg Battle Begins When Robert E. Lee Invades the North

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22 April 1864
Coinage Act of 1864: Phrase 'In God We Trust' Will Appear on U.S. Coins

Coinage Act of 1864: Phrase 'In God We Trust' Will Appear on U.S. Coins

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13 March 1865
Confederate States of America Considers Arming Slaves

Confederate States of America Considers Arming Slaves

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24 December 1865
K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

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4 February 1866
Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy Allegedly Cures Her Injuries

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy Allegedly Cures Her Injuries

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24 July 1866
Reconstruction Begins With Readmission of Tennessee to the Union

Reconstruction Begins With Readmission of Tennessee to the Union

0 January 1867
Utah Legislature Petitions to Repeal Anti-bigamy Act

Utah Legislature Petitions to Repeal Anti-bigamy Act

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19 July 1867
Reconstruction Acts Passed by U.S. Congress

Reconstruction Acts Passed by U.S. Congress

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11 November 1867
Birth of Freethinker Joseph Martin McCabe

Birth of Freethinker Joseph Martin McCabe

7 April 1868
Brigham Young Marries Ann Eliza Webb, his 52nd Wife

Brigham Young Marries Ann Eliza Webb, his 52nd Wife

28 July 1868
14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

14th Amendment of U.S. Constitution Takes Effect

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10 May 1869
Transcontinental Railroad Completed in Utah, Brings Mormons into Closer Scrutiny

Transcontinental Railroad Completed in Utah, Brings Mormons into Closer Scrutiny

15 May 1869
National Woman's Suffrage Association Created by Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton

National Woman's Suffrage Association Created by Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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28 June 1870
Christmas Declared National Holiday by President Ulysses S. Grant

Christmas Declared National Holiday by President Ulysses S. Grant

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20 April 1871
Ku Klux Klan Act Broadens Presidential Powers to Deal With Christian Terrorism Against Blacks

Ku Klux Klan Act Broadens Presidential Powers to Deal With Christian Terrorism Against Blacks

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2 October 1871
Brigham Young is Arrested and Charged With 'Lascivious Cohabitation'

Brigham Young is Arrested and Charged With 'Lascivious Cohabitation'

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2 January 1872
Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

27 January 1872
Birth of Learned Hand

Birth of Learned Hand

19 February 1872

Fourth Constitutional Convention Tries for Utah Statehood

22 February 1872
Prohibition Party Holds First National Convention

Prohibition Party Holds First National Convention

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