Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
This is the first of a couple of blogs written by men that I correspond with and who are kind enough to share my work on their sites. Juneteenth is a day that we really need to think about and reflect upon. It is the day that Union soldiers landed in Texas and proclaimed to the people there, black and white that slavery was over. It is important and so often overlooked.
Since Juneteenth came after the terrorist attack on Emmanuel AME Church it is time to remember that racism and race hatred is not dead, nor is the Lost Cause forgotten.
The author of the article, Mr. Militant Negro and his website is amazing, he is truly a Renaisance man of the world who has great insights into life, society, politics, culture, the arts and even good food and drink. If you don’t follow him you should, even if you disagree with him, if nothing else he will challenge you.
Have a great day.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years afterPresident Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Later attempts to explain this two and a half year…
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