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Still Juneteenth After All These Years… | ChrisMaverick dotcom
There's a brief history of the American Civil War that most people know. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, an executive order marking all slaves in the United States as freemen. It went into effect on January 1, 1863. As the Confederate States didn't recognize themselves as part of the Union, they basically ignored it. And of course there was a big huge war that everyone knows about, which ended officially on May 9th of 1865. Really, this was basically a formality. It had really ended earlier, as Robert E. Lee had surrendered a month earlier. What a lot of people don't know about is how Texas handled the news. See, Texas has benefit of being far from where most of the fighting was going on and they had the gumption of... well... basically being Texas. So when the South surrendered to the North and the slaves were without a doubt free, Texas handled it in the most brilliant of all possible ways. They didn't tell anyone. Texas is gonna be Texas.