April 16th-Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day is a holiday in Washington, DC to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862. It is annually held on April 16.

There’s a compelling history behind freedom from slavery in the United States; freedom came at different times for different people.  That long-anticipated freedom came to be known as “the Day of Jubilee.”  Some African-Americans were freed right after the American Revolution as gratitude for their service in the war.  Others who were freed by the 13th amendment often had the truth kept from them for months or years.  The McKissock’s picture book is an important addition to your home or school library, sharing needed information about the truth of the end of slavery in the U.S.

Days of Jubilee:  The End of Slavery in the United States by Patricia and Frederick McKissock

Through narratives, photos, and other primary documents, Days of Jubilee documents the end of slavery through different participants’ eyes.  The narratives of slaves are abundant, but the diary entries, narratives, and letters of Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, mothers, fathers, generals, presidents, politicians’ wives and newspaper reporters are all included. The black/white and sepia photos of the men, women, events, and surroundings of the 1800’s greatly enhance the story.


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