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Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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December 29, 1845  
U.S. President James Polk signs documents annexing the ‘Republic of Texas’ to the United States. American settlers in the Mexican territory of Texas, many of them slave-owners unwilling to abide by Mexico’s abolition of slavery, had declared Texas an independent state in 1836. Wanting to seize more territory from Mexico, the U.S. follows the annexation of Texas by declaring war on Mexico a few months later.
Related Topics: MexicoSlaveryU.S. Imperialism
December 29, 1890  
Massacre at Wounded Knee. U.S. troops surround and start firing on a Lakota encampment, killing somewhere between 150 and 300 men, women, and children.
Related Topics: Aboriginal HistoryMassacres



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