Why Was Tax Day Late This Year?

Normally, Tax Day is April 15, but this year it’s April 17–that’s because the 15th was on a Sunday and the 16th is Emancipation Day, which is a holiday in DC that celebrates Lincoln’s signing of the DC Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation.  A little known fact, however, is that in the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln only freed slaves in states that were no longer under his control–rebel states–while leaving slavery in tact in states and territories that did not rebel.  In the words of William Seward, Lincoln’s Secretary of State, “We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.” 
Politics will be politics.

2 comments

    1. Monica Perez says:

      Yes! What an eye-opener! I learned in that book that there were 400 private road companies in the US before the Civil War. Statism in the US really got its start with Lincoln.

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