Slaves Freed 150 Years Ago Today

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The Relatives

Forever stained by its history of slavery, America celebrates 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 2013. The movie Lincoln tells the story from the perspective of President Abraham Lincoln, the man whose signature freed millions of people. But how quickly did change come for the enslaved? 

Historian and Novelist A.J. Verdelle discusses the life and challenges faced by former slaves after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. 


A.J. Verdelle

Produced by:

Ibby Caputo

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The same political parties that existed then exist today and naturally the discussion does not venture to which side of history the Republican and Democratic Parties were on in regard to this major event in the struggle for liberty.

Best to limit the discussion to race, geography, religion, economics and even gender but avoid the fact that the Republican Party literally fought for Emancipation while the Democratic Party opposed it to say the least in the wake of the historic Battle of Antietam.
Focusing on that might actually spark interest in the checkered history of the Democrats and the sublime history of the Republicans and perhaps cause some political epiphanies as the modern media narrative security blanket is discarded.

Jan. 01 2013 11:04 AM

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