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Juneteenth

Posted on AllSides June 22nd, 2020

“Senators on Friday announced legislation to make Juneteenth, a widely observed holiday that marks the federal order to free slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, a national holiday… The day, which began as a Texas holiday in 1980, is now recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia as a state holiday or observance and is marking its 155th anniversary this year.” (NBC News)

Both sides agree that Juneteenth should be a federal holiday:

“The ending of slavery was a defining moment in the moral and civic development...

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