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This Day (Hot Boots & Freedom Edition)



On this day in 1863, the Union’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, declaring free all slaves in Confederate-controlled regions and authorizing the enlistment of black men in the Union army. While the proclamation did not specifically mention hot boots and trenchcoats, freedom can sometimes have a domino effect, right?
PS: Happy birthday to John Yates Beall!
IMAGES: Top: Abraham Lincoln: Emancipation Proclamation by Trek Thunder Kelly (2009); the Emancipation Proclamation, page 1 (Record Group 11, General Records of the United States); bottom: by torchlight, a Union soldier reads the Emancipation Proclamation to a room of slaves and their children (George Eastman House)

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  1. And on this day in 1801 George Washington’s slaves were set free by his wife, Martha, in accordance with GW’s will.
    It is very surprising that there is no national recognition of Jan 1 as Emancipation Day. That would be a nice thing to honor amidst the parades, fireworks, and half-time hoopla.

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