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Sesquicentennial of Juneteenth

HEAD-QUARTERS DISTRICT OF TEXAS Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865 General Orders No. 3 The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute … Continue reading

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General Order No. 3

Happy 150th Juneteenth!

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Powerful Images of Ex-Slaves

Ex-slave Bob Lemmons, Carrizo Springs, Texas, c. 1936. Photographed by Dorothea Lange. Source: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998021797/PP/ Probably the most famous source on slavery from the slaves’ viewpoint is the WPA Slave Narratives, compiled by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration … Continue reading

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April 3, 1865: The Liberation of Richmond

Originally posted on Crossroads:
On April 3, 1865, United States soldiers, most of them African Americans. entered what had been the capital of the Confederacy, freeing what had been Richmond’s enslaved population. Although there were other days in the war…

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Too Little, Too Late: The Confederacy Approves Black Recruitment

An artist in Harper’s Weekly (November 25, 1864) humorously imagining what would have happened had the Confederates actually sent black soldiers into the field. ******************************************************************************** Recently, the legend of black Confederate soldiers was revived by an article in The Root by John … Continue reading

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Slavery Ends in Tennesee

Tennessee is an interesting case in the Civil War. While it seceded and joined the Confederacy in the second wave of secession that followed Lincoln’s call for volunteers after the assault on Fort Sumter, its mountainous eastern region, with relatively … Continue reading

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The Myth of Black Confederates. Enough Already.

I try in this blog to stick to its topic—the coming of freedom for the slaves in the American Civil War. Admittedly, I occasionally write on other subjects because I feel the compulsion to share my thoughts on them. I’ve … Continue reading

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