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Today in History: June 19

Slide 1 of 12: 1862: President Abraham Lincoln reading the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all slaves in rebel-held territory would be 'thenceforward, and forever, free'.   (MPI/Getty Images)

1862: Slavery is outlawed in U.S. territories

The Congress enacts a legislation that bans slavery in all current and future U.S. territories. President Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation that also negated a previous Supreme Court decision that had declared that the Congress was powerless to regulate slavery in the country.

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