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Lincoln's Uncertain Commitment to Emancipation

Clip: Season 25 Episode 12 | 1m 46s  | Video has closed captioning.

Would President Lincoln sign the Emancipation Proclamation? Abolitionists were unsure.

Aired: 01/22/13

Rating: NR

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The Chinese Six Companies


The Chinese Six Companies

On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown as officials diagnosed bubonic plague in the neighborhood and wanted to quarantine the nearly 20,000 residents. As tensions flared, an influential group of merchants known as the Chinese Six Companies sprang into action.