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Joe's Daily U.S. History Lesson -- October 21
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OCTOBER 21 1921 – President Harding condemns lynching. ...On October 20, 1921, Harding became the first president to condemn lynchings of blacks in the South. Now that WWI was over, focus on racial tensions in the Deep South, mostly by white supremacists, became in an increasingly large issue. The NAACP, or National association forth advancement of colored people reported that lynching’s were going on twice a week. Harding was a progressive Republican politician who was in favor of full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. According to politico.com, In Birmingham, Alabama, Harding voiced support for anti-lynching bills pending in Congress. Legislation seeking to curb the practice was initially sponsored in 1918 by Rep. Lenidas Dyer of Missouri; Sen. Charles Curtis of Kansas sponsored a companion measure in the Senate. Any county that had a lynching would have to pay a fine of $10,000. In addition, county officials in federal courts who were not in compliance with anti-lynching laws or offered sanctuary to those guilty of lynching would also be fined. However the bill was defeated by Southern Democrats in the Senate. In fact Congress wouldn’t enact anti-discrimination laws for another 42 years when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2005, a resolution was passed by the Senate to officially apologize for dragging its feet on anti-lynching bills from the past. But was Harding sincere about his speech delivered on this day in 1921? Not according to historian Wyn Wade in his book “The Fiery Cross”, where he claims that a Ku Klux Klan member had seen Harding being initiated into the KKK on the White House lawn. There is no proof to back Wade’s claims, by the way. 1992 – Jackson Weaver passes away. He was the co-host of WMAL’s Washington DC morning drive program for 32 years. His final broadcast was a mere six days before his death. Weaver was also the voice of Smokey the Bear for 45 years. 1861 – Battle of Balls Bluff. Brig. General Pomeroy Stone and Colonel Edward Baker v Col. Nathan Shanks Evans. The result: a Confederate victory. President Lincoln had sent Union Maj. Gen. George McLellan to fight the Rebels just across the Potomac River. McLellan ordered Gen. Charles Stone to send a recon mission across the Potomac to report back the positions of Evan’s troops near Leesburg. At nightfall on October 20, 1861, Capt. Ch