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Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a bloody awful word to describe something that’s great.

It’s the anniversary of the day in 1865, June 19, when the Union Army general Gordon Granger, announced General Order No. 3 proclaiming and enforcing the freedom of enslaved people in Texas. Celebrations of the date began a year later in Galveston, Texas where the announcement was made.

Even though the Civil War had effectively ended with Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, scattered fighting continued in some places, and being the farthest away, Texas was not officially taken over by Union troops until June where the order could be enforced.

By 2021 the holiday was recognised in the majority of the states, where it became known as “Jubilee Day” or “Emancipation Day”. I hope those terms stick rather than this abomination of a name, but since it has a Wiki page I guess we’re stuck with it, especially since it is now a Federal holiday.

You might think that the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln in 1862, which became law on January 1, 1863, was sufficient, but it actually only freed slaves in the Confederate states. There were two Union border states – Delaware and Kentucky – that technically still had slavery, as well as the Choctaw Indians. Full abolition had to await the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 21, 2021 at 10:55 am

Posted in US Politics, USA

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