2
   

Ship Ahoy: The O'Jays

 
 
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 07:14 am


Today is Juneteenth.
  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Discussion • Score: 2 • Views: 13,583 • Replies: 13
No top replies

 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 07:16 am
0 Replies
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 07:22 am
0 Replies
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 10:06 am
0 Replies
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 10:18 am
http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm
© JUNETEENTH.com

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. 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 was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. 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.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln's authority over the rebellious states was in question For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

General Order Number 3

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."

The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former 'masters' - attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom. North was a logical destination and for many it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America. Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territory. The celebration of June 19th was coined "Juneteenth" and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.

History of Juneteenth ©JUNETEENTH.com



0 Replies
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 11:34 am
0 Replies
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 02:08 pm
0 Replies
 
Reyn
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 02:46 pm
Just thought I'd drop in and say 'hi'. It's awful lonely in here.

How that heck are ya?
0 Replies
 
ehBeth
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 03:02 pm
Thanks EdgarB. I wasn't familiar with this piece of American history.
0 Replies
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2010 05:03 pm
It is more recognized in Texas than most other places.
0 Replies
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 07:16 am
0 Replies
 
jjfree38
 
  2  
Reply Thu 25 Aug, 2016 09:25 pm
@edgarblythe,
I was a young boy when this album came out and my parents used to play it all the time. As an adult, I bought this on CD...its one of my all time favorites by the O'Jays.
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Fri 26 Aug, 2016 04:45 am
@jjfree38,
A wonderful album for sure.
0 Replies
 
izzythepush
 
  2  
Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2016 04:01 am
This seems a suitable place for this. Most of the band are from Southampton, a good bunch of lads. One of my mates was really good friends with them, and they used to throw some pretty good parties.

0 Replies
 
 

Related Topics

Rockhead's Music Thread - Discussion by Rockhead
What are you listening to right now? - Discussion by Craven de Kere
WA2K Radio is now on the air - Discussion by Letty
Just another music thread. - Discussion by msolga
Classical anyone? - Discussion by JPB
Evolutionary purpose of music. - Discussion by jackattack
An a2k experiment: What is our favorite song? - Discussion by Robert Gentel
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED . . . - Discussion by Setanta
Has a Song Ever Made You Cry? - Discussion by Diest TKO
 
  1. Forums
  2. » Ship Ahoy: The O'Jays
Copyright © 2019 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.03 seconds on 11/17/2019 at 04:17:40