Day 3: Influential Black Woman 

Sojourner Truth 

I picked Ms. Truth because she is inspirational in so many ways. She was known for being an abolitionist and playing a huge role in the women’s rights suffrage. She became the 1st black woman to win a case against a white man. Her best known speech about gender inequalities was titled “Aint I A WOMAN? She helped out in the Civil War and have many other accomplishments. 

She passed away in 1883 at age 86 

The Baltimore Riot of 1861 

Also called the Pratt Street Riot and the Pratt Street Massacre, this was a conflict that happened on April 19, 1861, in Baltimore, Maryland. The riot involved three groups: anti-War Democrats (then, the largest political party in Maryland), Confederate sympathizers, and members of the Massachusetts militia, who were en route to Washington for Federal service. It produced the first deaths by hostile action in the American Civil War.

In 1861, most Baltimore residents were anti-war, and did not support a violent conflict with their southern neighbors. Many sympathized passionately with the Confederacy. In the previous year’s presidential election, Abraham Lincoln had received only 1,100 of more than 30,000 votes cast in the Baltimore. Lincoln’s opponents were infuriated (and his supporters were disappointed) when the president-elect, fearing an assassination plot, traveled secretly through the city in February on the way to his inauguration. The city was also home to the country’s largest population of free African Americans - 25,000 - as well as many white abolitionists and supporters of the Union. As the Civil War began, the city’s divided loyalties created tension. Supporters of secession and slavery organized themselves into a force called “National Volunteers” while unionists and abolitionists called themselves “Minute Men.”

(from Wikipedia || related history post »here)