Ohio State Professor describes the story of Juneteenth

Mike takes a seat with Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Ohio University, to discuss what June 16 indicates for black individuals in Ohio.

“We need to bear in mind that the Emancipation Proclamation, which entered into result on January 1, 1863, did not complimentary enslaved individuals. It was more of a military step that stated if the Confederate forces didn’t put down their arms, then these enslaved individuals residing in defiant states would be complimentary,” Jeffries stated. “But Lincoln didn’t have the military authority to get anybody So it wasn’t till the end of the Civil War 2 years later on that shackled African Americans, then under the control of Union forces, were successfully freed.

“But Texas was the western frontier; It was a station, so it was a while from April to June prior to Union forces might get into Texas and really release a declaration notifying the enslaved individuals and having the military power to really offer implying to emancipation to lease.

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