Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Juneteenth!

Today we celebrate Juneteenth--June 19, 1865--the day on which American slavery came to an end. Just four years earlier, the Confederate States of America had seceded from the Union in order to protect the institution of slavery. After four years of bloody civil war, the slaves of the South were "free" to begin a one hundred year fight for civil rights.

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