Ida May Fuller, of Brattleboro, Vermont, receiving the first ever social security check.

A People’s History: Jan. 31

In 1865 … the House of Representatives takes a giant step towards making the United States a nation where “all men are created equal” by ratifying what would become the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. It passed 119 to 56 and by December of the next year the state’s ratified it and slavery [...]