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Article-a-Day #114: Equal Justice Initiative-On December 21, 1837, U.S. House of Representatives Passes Rule Prohibiting Discussion About Abolition of Slavery

On December 21, 1837, following an anti-slavery speech by Vermont representative William Slade, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a rule that prohibited any future discussion about the abolition of slavery in the House. The rule remained in effect until 1844, preventing the topic of abolition from even being discussed for almost a decade.