The Grim History of January 1st

Posted by Olivia B. Waxman on Jan 2nd 2021

"Americans are likely to think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to celebrate the fresh start that a new year represents, but there is also a troubling side to the holiday’s history. In the years before the Civil War, the first day of the new year was often a heartbreaking one for enslaved people in the United States." -Olivia B. Waxman