Good morning, it's Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Today is the second day of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, the 40th anniversary of the wounding of President Reagan by a would-be assassin, and the date in 1870 when the constitutional amendment granting black men the right to vote took effect. In the Deep South, that guarantee was soon abrogated by an organized system of American apartheid known as "Jim Crow," a name that is back in the news this year. (Women of all races, of course, would have to wait another half-century for the right to vote in U.S. elections.)
It was also on a March 30, in 1822, that Florida was added as a U.S. territory. Forty-eight years later, Texas, which had seceded over slavery, was readmitted to the Union. My favorite March 30 event in American history occurred 154 years ago when Secretary of State William H. Seward forged the deal to buy Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. That was considerably more money than it represents today -- about $120 million, in a nation with only 36 million people. Still, it was the bargain of the century. That got me thinking this morning: Now that Donald Trump is out of office, can we please buy Greenland? That may have been his best idea.
Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.