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July 17
Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act on this date in 1862. This Act was designed to free the slaves from all rebels. Congress also authorized the President to accept blacks into military service.

Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche received the 34th NAACP Spingarn Medal on this date in 1949 for his efforts in helping to settle armed conflicts in the Middle East and for his distinguished services to the United Nations.

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