Harriet Tubman Escapes Slavery
Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery. She becomes a major conductor on the Underground Railroad, as well as an advocate for Women’s Rights.
Liberia Recognized by Britain
Liberia is recognized as a sovereign state by Britain. Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the son of free Virginian blacks, becomes the first president.
Virginia Permits Emancipation by Will or Deed
Virginia passes a law permitting the emancipation of any slave by will or deed.
Kentucky Embraces Interstate Slave Trade
Kentucky removes restraints on interstate slave trade.
White Mobs Attack in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania
Blacks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, protect themselves against attacks by white mobs.