American History 201: The Incremental, Chronological Freeing of Slaves in America

And Why Juneteenth Should be Decixth (Dec 6th)

ASUS BUTTERFLY
AfroSapiophile

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The Emancipation Proclamation Was Just a Piece of Paper to 4 Million Slaves Outside of Lincoln’s Union | Photo Collage Courtesy of Photo by Pixabay and Photo by Tangie Bodden

As Roland Martin stated on his talk show, Roland Martin Unfiltered, America has a “bumper sticker version” of the history of Juneteenth.

On that same show, Roland Martin gave the floor to Carl Mack, a historian and the former President of the Seattle-King County NAACP.

Mr. Mack made it very clear that he is not against the Juneteenth holiday but is against the historical inaccuracies about the holiday. In approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Mack gave a very fiery, eloquent history lesson.

The Inaccurate History of Juneteenth

What is traditionally taught is that the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed on January 1, 1863, freed all the slaves. It is also traditionally taught and mentioned in the bill President Biden passed (according to Mr. Mack), that June 19, 1865 is when the last slaves in America were freed.

Neither of these is true.

June 19, 1865 is solely the date when Gen. Granger arrived at Galveston, Texas and informed the people that the Civil War was over and slavery was abolished. Slavery remained in other states.

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ASUS BUTTERFLY
AfroSapiophile

Author of Stories concerning Black America & Hot Topics w/ a Positive Flare & Teachable Moment | Google Top Author | Co-Editor Afro-Cinemaphile & AfroSapiophile