Tag Archives: Juneteenth

“There is not one of you a slave now”: Escaped Union Prisoners Announce Freedom in South Carolina

While Juneteenth started as a celebration of the announcement of emancipation in Galveston, Texas in 1865, other accounts of freedom announcements to enslaved communities also offer joyful moments during the Civil War years. In his published narrative Seven Months a … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: The Spread of Juneteenth Celebrations Throughout Texas

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog. I had never heard of Juneteenth until I was attending college in Buffalo, New York in 1977. Friends asked me if I was going to stay after … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: A New Federal Holiday

This is an angle of “saving history” that I don’t think we’ve covered in this blog column before… In case you haven’t seen the news, as of Thursday, June 17, 2021, the United States has a new federal holiday: Juneteenth. … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth  By Annette Gordon-Reed Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2021, $15.95 Reviewed by Jon Tracey Thanks to current discussions of inequality and increased reflection on the past, Juneteenth has grown from a Texas tradition to one that has garnered attention across … Continue reading

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On Monuments, America Must Never Surrender to Confederates, Old or New (part three)

part three of four ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Frank J. Scaturro. Frank is president of the Grant Monument Association and the author of President Grant Reconsidered and The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction. He is currently writing a book … Continue reading

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Granger’s Juneteenth Orders and the Limiting of Freedom

Juneteenth is recognized as the symbolic end of slavery in the United States. Galveston, Texas, held out as a Confederate stronghold after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Once occupied by Union forces, Major General Gordon Granger established his headquarters … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom

Posting this weekender earlier than usual so there’s time to register and attend the free virtual tour today about the Civil War and Emancipation at Montpelier! Details and registration below. June 19, 1865. It had been over two years since … Continue reading

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The Significance of June 19 in the Civil War Era—and Beyond

Amidst seemingly constant reminders that genuine equality for all in the United States remains elusive, it is worth remembering that today, June 19, has repeatedly been a momentous one for the cause of American freedom—particularly with regard to race.  While … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Save These Dates and Head To Prince William County

Save the dates! Prince William County (Virginia) is hosting some great events and highlighting lots of local history with Civil War ties this summer. Some are free, others require registration and a small; all offer a chance to explore sites … Continue reading

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