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Juneteenth 2012: When Did Slavery Really End?

Juneteenth 2012: When Did Slavery Really End? | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

Thanks to the South's lucrative prison labor system and a deceptive practice called debt peonage, a kind of neo-slavery continued for some blacks long into the 1940s. The question then arises: When did African Americans really claim their freedom?

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Gold in white and black

Gold in white and black | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

WHEN next you visit one of England’s Tate museums, spare a thought for the slaves on whose backs the Tate & Lyle sugar empire originally rose. The British empire itself owed its existence, and much of its ultimate wealth, to a scatter of Caribbean islands dedicated to the dual exploitation of “white” and “black” gold.

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Daily Kos: Chime to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation

Daily Kos: Chime to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

Word of the Emancipation Proclamation passed through the slave community by word of mouth, with some in Texas not learning they were free until June 19th, 1865. That day has turned into a holiday called “Juneteeth” and the Emancipation proclamation celebration in Norwich is anchored on the city’s annual Juneteeth celebration, sponsored by the Norwich Branch of the NAACP.

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I'm a Slave 4 That Voodoo That U Do

I'm a Slave 4 That Voodoo That U Do | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

This was the religion of many slaves brought from West Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean. Vodun was brutally repressed by slave-owners, yet its powerful beats, ethics and aesthetics endured.

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African-American News and Commentary: African-American Spirituals

African-American News and Commentary: African-American Spirituals | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

"African-American spirituals alive and well, and from this country’s darkest past something glorious." Check out the Morehouse Glee Club in this clip.

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Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia | IndieBound

Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia | IndieBound | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

The ring shout is the oldest known African American performance tradition surviving on the North American continent. 

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How sweet was freedom to the newly emancipated?

How sweet was freedom to the newly emancipated? | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it
During slavery, blacks were denied some of the most basic freedoms that others may actually take for granted today.
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'Our Servants Do Pretty Much as They Please' - New York Times (blog)

'Our Servants Do Pretty Much as They Please' - New York Times (blog) | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

"Women made up a majority of adult slaves [in New Orleans], performing 'domestic' labor for masters and mistresses who could be just as abusive as any whip-wielding plantation overseer."

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Is Slavery Why Black Women Aren't Breastfeeding?

Is Slavery Why Black Women Aren't Breastfeeding? | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

Wet nursing required slave mothers to transfer to white offspring the nurturing and affection they should have been able to allocate to their own children.

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Juneteenth Gardens: Planting the Seeds of Survival

Juneteenth Gardens: Planting the Seeds of Survival | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

A heirloom seed can be a complicated legacy when it was sowed in slavery.

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Interactive Map Traces Slaves' Path to Emancipation - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Interactive Map Traces Slaves' Path to Emancipation - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

A new interactive map shows that emancipation didn’t occur in one moment but was “an unfolding,” happening from the very first years of the war to the very last. It happened because of African-Americans, not merely for them, or to them.

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WMLB 1690 | The Voice of The Arts » Watch Night and Ring Shouts

WMLB 1690 | The Voice of The Arts » Watch Night and Ring Shouts | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

Good 14 minute radio piece about the history of watch and ring shouts. Features several of our favorite shouts.

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The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

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Juneteenth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Juneteenth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865.

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Slave Work Songs : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site

Slave Work Songs : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

Slave work gangs used these kinds of call-and-response work songs to regulate the pace of their work. These songs also became an opportunity for slaves to talk about their masters, their overseers, and their condition. Of course, slaves had to be careful about expressing their own opinions so they often "coded" their improvised lyrics.

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Slavery’s Heavy Hand « The Berkeley Blog

Slavery’s Heavy Hand « The Berkeley Blog | Awon Ohun Omnira | Scoop.it

"The higher the percentage of a county’s population who were slaves in 1860s, the worse the poverty of black residents in 2000, 140 years later."

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