Many Republicans ignore Juntinth. This is a mistake.
Juntinth is a unique American memorable day. It should be celebrated by all Americans, of all races, ages, and walks of life, who love freedom and hate slavery.
Republicans, in particular, should embrace and promote Juventus, which commemorates a great Republican victory. Without the Republican Party, after all, there would be no juntinth.
What is Juntinth?
Juventus Hall celebrates the name, combining “June” and “Nineteenth”, to commemorate June 19, 1865, when the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and U.S. General Gordon Granger declared to men, women, and children that they were no longer slaves.
Some background: On September 22, 1862, during the Civil War, following the Union’s victory in Antitam, President Abraham Lincoln issued an initial release, declaring that slaves in rebel states would be released after 100 days.
His message to the Confederate states was clear: Stop the rebellion or let your slaves be free.
One hundred days later, on January 1, 1863, Lincoln proclaimed the final release as “a necessary measure of repression.” [the] The rebellion, which declared “all persons captive as slaves” in the rebellious state, “is, and will be, from now on.”
However, the declaration of release could not be implemented in the areas under the control of the Confederacy. Long after the announcement of Lincoln’s release, many slaves remained, including the people of the westernmost state of the Confederacy, Texas.
By mid-June 1865, about 2,000 Union troops had finally reached Galveston Bay in Texas, where the Union Army had publicly announced that Lincoln’s announcement had freed more than 250,000 slaves in the state (although Lincoln had already been killed). It was “Juntieth”.
In 1979, Texas became the first state to recognize Juventus as a state holiday. Many states follow, either accepting Juntinth as a holiday or commemorating it as a day of observance. In 2021, the Juventus became a federal holiday.
Completion of establishment
The American establishment, usually from 1776 to 1787/88, was incomplete. The nation that began with the declaration that “all men are created equal” cannot be complete and consistent unless the laws meet the self-evident moral truth of the Declaration of Independence. For that alignment, slavery needs to be abolished.
In just four scores and seven years, at the unimaginable cost of blood, sweat and tears, Americans have done just that. In a critical respect, the American establishment was extended from 1776 and the proclamation until 1865. The Juventus is one of three important events of 1865 that marked the end of the American establishment.
Two and a half months before Juventus, on April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee Union General Ulysses S. Surrendered to Grant, effectively ending the Civil War.
In December 1865, the Americans approved the 13th Amendment, constitutionally abolishing slavery throughout the United States.
During the Civil War, most American slaves were descendants of Africans, directly or indirectly, who were abducted and enslaved by fellow Africans and then sold into the Atlantic slave trade. In 1865, those descendants living in the United States were finally liberated. The American establishment was, in principle, complete. That great achievement has been possible because of the Republican Party.
The Republican Party is born and slavery dies
In 1854, seven years before the outbreak of the Civil War, Senator Stephen A. Douglas and fellow Democrats pushed for the Kansas-Nebraska Act through Congress, which would allow slavery to spread across federal territory. Many Americans retreated in fear of further slavery in other places, prompting some to form a new political party. At first they called themselves the Anti-Nebraska Party. They later changed their name to Republican.
In its inception, the Republican Party had an influential objective: to stop the spread of slavery. Or, in Lincoln’s words, to put slavery on the “path to ultimate extinction.” Republicans like Lincoln insisted on and propagated the ideas contained in the Declaration of Independence, and influential Democrats at the time were drawn to the rigid scientific-scientific racism of their day and ridiculed and rejected these ideas.
In 1860, Lincoln split the Democrats into factions and defeated Stephen A. Douglas to become the first Republican elected president of the United States. Millions of Democrats refused to accept the election results. Instead, they started a war against the United States.
The bottom line is that without the Republican Party, Lincoln would never have been elected president. No release would have been announced without Lincoln as president. If there is no announcement of release, there will be no Juntinth.
Republicans, Juventus is your day to shine. Don’t ignore it. Wrap yourself in it. This is the story you tell, and this is a beautiful story.