On this day in history.

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  1. suenc

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    Hi Scifan.. - thanks for the additional pics - for those who may not know the complex geography of Boston and the Harbor area, the Google map below may help - I've circled the location of the Molasses Flood plaque in the North End - a historic area close to the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House (which were not damaged, being on high ground) - Susan & I are planning a trip to Boston in June (have not been there in 10+ years and before the ugly green expressway was put underground) - we'll be down in the waterfront area and will look for that plaque - :) Dave
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    First Fugitive Slave Law Passed Today in 1793

    This year is the 400th anniversary of the introduction of slavery into the then colonial British America, i.e. Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. Although a clause was present in the United States Constitution concerning return of slaves to their 'owners', the language was considered weak prompting the passage this day in 1793 of the first Fugitive Slave Law which was signed by George Washington (a slave owner who was obviously in favor of the act, I assume). However, over the next half century, the Southern States felt the need for stronger enforcement which led to passage of the second Fugitive Slave Law as part of the Compromise of 1850, which brought California into the Union as a 'free' state (see quotes below for further information).

    The map below shows the 'slave status' of the states and territories in 1850; the Dred Scott case of 1857 further fueled the issue of slavery in the United States eventually leading to the election of Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War in 1861. These were indeed terrible times - the need for slaves in the South, particularly to run their vast cotton economy, jeopordized 'free' slaves everywhere, especially in the North where kidnapping was not uncommon - a 2013 excellent period drama of this cruelty is the film 12 Years a Slave, highly recommended if not seen already. Also, I'm currently reading the Kindle edition of the book The War Before the War (last pic - released in November 2018), which goes into much detail of these pre-antebellum issues. Dave :)

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    Galileo Galilei, once more. There have been a few posts about some important events during his lifetime, but not his birth date. So here we are:
    February 15, 1564: Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy.
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    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) bridged the Renaissance and Baroque musical eras - the lute (and other string instruments of the time) was popular - Galileo came from a musical family (portion of his Wiki bio quoted below) and was an excellent lutenist, himself - his father and younger brother, Michelangelo, were devoted musicians - I own a LOT of lute music and have a few of his lute pieces on some compilation CDs but not a disc completely devoted to father and/or younger son. Dave :)

    P.S. Not sure if that's really the Galileis playing lute together but would certainly be a possibility?
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