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Re: 1865: Defining the Tasks of Reconstruction
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Thanx to you David for this detailed article defining Tasks of Reconstruction.
Houston H. Holloway, born a slave in Upson County, remembered fifty years later the glorious day he was emancipated, writing, “the Thought thrils me at this day. Just think of it! I had been sould 3 times.” But while Emancipation in the summer of 1865 brought liberty from sale, arbitrary punishment, and family separation, and granted certain important legal rights, it did not bring citizenship or equal civil rights to the newly-freed people of Upson or Georgia. That would be a task for Reconstruction, partially realized by 1872, and would begin a struggle that did not end until 1964; and some would argue is ongoing even today.
Indeed it is still ongoing today is my arguing position, David
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