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It’s Juneteenth 2013. More Black people are in prison than were slaves and Paula Deen wants to bring slavery back

TweetToday is June 19, or Juneteenth. While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, slaves in Texas didn’t find out slavery was over until June 19, 1865, hence commemorating this date as the end of legal slavery in the US. As Phillipe Copeland points out, the prison system was quickly positioned to take [...]
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On Juneteenth, idleness, legacy and history

TweetMy grandmother tells me that in Tennessee, this day, the day the slaves caught word that they had been freed by President Lincoln by executive proclamation in January 1863, was on August 8, 1865. But she’d add, still, we celebrate this day, June 19th, as Juneteenth, the official day as the end of intergenerational, black [...]
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