Jim Crow Laws - FREEDOM DAY

FREEDOM DAY  (Illustration) American History Awesome Radio - Narrated Stories Civil Rights Government Slaves and Slave Owners Social Studies Nineteenth Century Life Ethics African American History

This image, from the Library of Congress, depicts the cover of sheet music for a song entitled "On Emancipation Day." It was published about four decades after President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. Click on the image for a better view.


It was New Year's Day for most folks, but not for America's slaves. For them, January 1, 1863 was Freedom Day.

At long last, American slavery would be history. Black folks would now be able to take their rightful place as American citizens. Or would they?

Abraham Lincoln, intent on saving the Union, had lost the battle to avoid war. But he abhorred the institution of slavery and vowed to abolish it. He worked hard on a Presidential Proclamation which would take effect New Year's Day.

On New Year's Eve, slaves eagerly awaited freedom's morning.  Alas, for many of them, Lincoln's famous proclamation would have no legal effect.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Aug 01, 2005

Updated Last Revision: Feb 04, 2015

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