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Daemon
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National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States. On that date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making slavery illegal. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the freedom from slavery for all people and to acknowledge the importance of freedom and harmony in American society. Freedom Day is not a federal holiday, and a strong drive is underway to adopt June 19, or Juneteenth, as it is known, as the American holiday to celebrate the end of slavery. More...
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National Freedom Day
National Freedom Day commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States. On that date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making slavery illegal. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the freedom from slavery for all people and to acknowledge the importance of freedom and harmony in American society. Freedom Day is not a federal holiday, and a strong drive is underway to adopt June 19, or Juneteenth, as it is known, as the American holiday to celebrate the end of slavery.
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National Freedom Day

"Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negros slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice."
- With this great and remarkable words, the Americans were impacted by the Martin Luther King's speech during and after the March on Washington on the afternoon of 28 August 1963.
Bruce Johnson
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I absolutely agree with the intent. And celebrating the 13th Amendment is very worthwhile. That said, this particular day is sort of an odd choice. Lincoln's act of signing the 13th Amendment had absolutely no legal affect, as the President has no role in the Constitutional process of passing amendments. So if you wish to celebrate the passing of the amendment, January 31 is the more appropriate day. (I do respect his wish to make clear his full support - indeed he had been hard at work for much of the previous year working Congress to pass it.)

Of course, to niggle a bit - the amendment was not actually in effect until completion of RATIFICATION by 3/4 of the state legislatures. That hurdle was passed on December 6, 1865, and officially announced on December 18. One of these two days (to be most technical, the latter) might also qualify as "Freedom Day".
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