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This Month in History: The Battle of Lexington and Concord

This Month in History on April 19 1775 the first battle of the American Revolution was fought. The battle was known as the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The battle happened because the British and the American Colonists were upset with each other because the colonists believed that the British were taking advantage of them. The British had done such things as raising taxes and increasing the military presence in the colonies.

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This month in History: The 1913 Women’s Parade in Washington DC

This month in History was the Women Suffrage Procession which was a parade in Washington DC on Mar. 1, 1913. The women’s march was organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Stone of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Alice Paul and Lucy Stone organized the parade to help their cause of getting women the right to vote in the United States. Over 5000 women from all over the United States marched in the parade. The parade date was chosen to make an impact because of the number of visitors in Washington DC for President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.

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This Month in History Lunch Counter Sit ins

This month in history, the Greensboro Lunch counter sit-ins began. The first sit-in was done in Baltimore, Maryland in 1955 but the one that got a lot of attention and really started the movement was done in Greensboro, North Carolina on Feb. 1, 1960.

This Month in History : The Emancipation Proclamation

On Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. He had drafted the Emancipation Proclamation after the Battle of Antietam. It marked a turning point of Abraham Lincoln's view on freeing African American Slaves. While it did not immediately free the slaves it expressly made the point of the Civil War about freeing the slaves. It also allowed African Americans to join the Union Army and Navy. As a result, 180,000 African Americans joined the Army and the Navy. It was also an important moment for local DC history.

This Month in History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall that physically separated East Berlin and West Berlin came down. The Berlin Wall was built because of a long dispute between the United States and Russia after World War 2. It was built because a lot of people did not want to live in East Germany and the government wanted them to stop them from leaving. Even though Berlin was in the country of East Germany the city itself was separated into a western half and eastern half. It was a huge symbol of the cold war and it stood for 28 years.