History of the United States

Juneteenth Is The Important American Holiday You May Not Have Heard Of

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Between Memorial Day and Independence Day is another important American holiday. And, no, its main features don't include fireworks and six packs. The holiday is Juneteenth. It lies on June 19th and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. As described by Juneteenth.com, "Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free."

Note that this announcement came a whole two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that freed the slaves and became official on January 1, 1863. So why the delay? As Juneteenth.com explains, "The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance." Learn more about this important holiday in the video below.

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