Dred Scott decision

03/06/2017 0

On this day in 1857, the United States Supreme Court issues a decision in the Dred Scott case, affirming the right of slave owners to take their slaves into the Western territories, there by negating […]

Clinton authorizes loan to Mexico

01/31/2017 0

On this day in 1995, President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico. As the value of the peso hit an all-time low, Clinton sidestepped Congress’ rejection of an earlier $50 billion loan […]

Jackson sends troops to put down labor riot

01/29/2017 0

On this day in 1834, Andrew Jackson becomes the first president to use federal troops to quell labor unrest. Workers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal were rebelling because of persistent poor working conditions and […]

United States nicknamed Uncle Sam

09/07/2016 0

On this day in 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United […]