Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On August 16

On this day in ...
... 1861 (150 years ago today), still in the 1st months of what would come to be called the United States' Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation respecting the 11 states that had joined the Confederacy and were in "insurrection" against the United States. Specifically, he banned trade between the Confederates states and others in the United States until the rebellion ended. The "once bustling cotton trade" between South and North thus was halted. (credit for 1996 photo of cotton plant)

(Prior August 16 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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