by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, June 19, 2020, 18:07 (404 days ago) @ mexicoman

The June 19 announcement came more than two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. So technically, from the Union's perspective, the 250,000 enslaved people in Texas were already free—but none of them were aware of it, and no one was in a rush to inform them.

If you'll look into other Emancipation Day dates you'll see a similar pattern, including the Emancipation Day celebrated in some eastern Kentucky counties. Many weren't notified until as long after the end of the Civil War as possible.

Of course the prison system quickly became the new legal slave trade, filled mostly with black people.

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