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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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October 9, 1823
Birth of Mary Ann Shadd (1823-1893), a key figure in the Underground Railroad which smuggles escaped slaves to freedom. During the American Civil War, she serves as a recruiting officer to enlist black volunteers for the Union Army. At the age of 60, she earns a law degree, becoming the second black woman in the U.S. to graduate as a lawyer.
Related Topics: Anti-Slavery
October 9, 1913  
Start of the Great Strike of 1913 in New Zealand, a waterfront dispute that develops into a near-General Strike.
Related Topics: New ZealandStrikes



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