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    Juneteenth Amer. - 19. Juni

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    Juneteenth (June•teenth)
    Pronunciation: /ˌjo͞onˈtēnTH, /
    a festival held annually on the nineteenth of June by African Americans (especially in the southern states ), to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865.
    1930s: blend of June and (nine)teenth
    Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
    From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
    Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
    Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 37 states of the United States.
    Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is the name given to emancipation day by African-Americans in Texas. On that day in 1865 Union Major-General Gordon Granger read General Orders, No.3 to the people of Galveston.

    Vielleicht liegt dieses Thema ausserhalb der Kompetenz eines germanistischen Historikers, aber ich glaube, es ziemt jeden guten Historiker, wichtige Ereignisse in seinem eigenen Land auch zu bemerken. Heute feiert man in Texas den "Juneteenth" ("June (nine)teenth", den 19. Juni) als den Befreiungstag. Obwohl die US-Regierung die Sklaverei eigentlich im April 1865 abgeschaffen hatte, war das damalige Kommunikationsmittel so langsam, dass die Schwarzen in Texas erst im Juni herausfanden, dass sie freie Menschen sowie Staatsbuerger waren. Das war selbstverstaendlich fuer sie nur ein kleiner Schritt, denn ihre Rechte und ihre Freiheit waren im Alltag stark beschraenkt.
    Happy Juneteenth everyone!
    AuthorAgalinis (714472) 19 Jun 11, 11:41
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