[Marxism] Remembering Juneteenth - 149 Years Ago Today

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 11:25:53 MDT 2014

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      Remembering Juneteenth - 149 Years Ago Today

> I planned to spend today writing job applications and looking for work
> but in perusing my morning mail, I saw no mention of Juneteenth on the
> many progressive email lists I'm on. I think this revolutionary
> holiday is so important in the United States that I've decided to
> write this brief blog post to remind people who may have forgotten and
> introduce people who never got the news.
> Juneteenth is the slave's celebration of the end of slavery in the
> United States. Whereas the bourgeoisie celebrates Lincoln's
> Emancipation Proclamation, which became official on 1 January 1863, as
> ending slavery, the fact is that the Emancipation Proclamation didn't
> free a single slave because it only applied to the Confederate states
> where it couldn't yet be implemented.
> In contrast, Juneteenth celebrated the day when large numbers of
> slaves in Texas were actually freed, because it was on 19 June 1865
> 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. General Granger didn't waste any time, his
> General Order Number 3 began:

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