Barry Spector's Blog – June 2015 Archive (2)

Barry’s Blog # 137: Did the South Win the Civil War? Part Two of Two

In Part One of this essay I argued that the first two of the South’s objectives were actually met. For at least a hundred years after the war, the great majority of African Americans, even if they were legally free, were unable to control their destinies. They were not slaves, but most could not vote, most could not live where they chose to, and participation in the American Dream remained an abstract ideal. Meanwhile, white supremacy was the dominant, de facto thinking in government,…

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Barry’s Blog # 136: Did the South Win the Civil War? — Part One

Today – June 19th, 2015 – is Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Indeed, today is the 150th anniversary of the date that slaves in Texas heard that the Civil War had ended and that they were free. A bit of history is in order, from www.juneteenth.com:

…it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed…

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