On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment — abolishing slavery — became part of the Constitution — when ratified by three-quarters of the states.
Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national platform in 1864. Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the final version of the text, combining the proposed wordings of several other Republican congressmen.
All Republicans in Congress voted for the 13th Amendment, while nearly all Democrats voted against it. So strongly did President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) support the 13th Amendment, he signed the document, though presidential approval is not part of the amendment process.
Yes, outlawing slavery was a Republican achievement.
From Grand Old Partisan
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Effective at yearend, all slaves in Confederate-controlled territory would be “forever free.”
Ill-informed critics of the first Republican President Lincoln fault the Emancipation Proclamation for only freeing slaves in areas not yet under the control of the U.S. government, but — because of the Democratic Party’s resolute defense of slavery — the federal government had the necessary authority only over so-called “property” of the rebels.
Within two years, the Republican-controlled 38th Congress followed up this great advance by enacting the 13th Amendment, banning slavery throughout the nation.
From Michael Zak at Grand Old Partisan
–SNIP– But let me give you a brief history of the Democratic Party, not according to me, but according to one of the most distinguished liberal American historians, Eric Foner, author of “A Short History of Reconstruction.”
I encourage you to read the whole book as you listen this week to the smug and self-righteous speeches in Charlotte. This is the history they don’t want you to know.
KKK’s first targets were Republicans – read how Democrats started the group in “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White”
Take note of this summation of Foner’s book: “In effect, the [Ku Klux] Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party, the planter class, and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy. Its purposes were political in the broadest sense, for it sought to affect power relations, both public and private, throughout Southern society. It aimed to destroy the Republican Party’s infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state, re-establish control of the black labor force and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern Life.”
What occurs to me as I read these stunning words is how successful the Democratic Party has actually been in achieving those goals over the last 130 years. Today, it not only has “control of the black labor force,” it has control over the black vote – the very vote it sought to deny for most of those 130 years after the War Between the States.
Read more by Joseph Farah at WND.com
Grand Old Partisan commemorates the first convention of the Wisconsin Republican Party. It occurred just a week after the GOP’s state kickoff Under the Oaks in Michigan. Anti-slavery newspaper editors who called for this meeting had selected the anniversary of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which banned slavery from the region.
Most residents of Wisconsin opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, enacted by Democrats and their allies. This vile law extended slavery into the western territories. Friends of freedom knew they had to unite politically if the Democratic Party were to be stopped from destroying the country.
On the morning of July 13, 1854, nearly four thousand people gathered in the park by the capitol building in Madison. . . .
Read more by Michael Zak at GrandOldPartisan.typepad.com
160 years ago today!
…I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” –Harriet Tubman
Contact: Sam Hagedorn, (414) 303-5140
This outreach by the Milwaukee North Branch is an extension of Gov. Walker’s stated desire to reach across the political isle. We will show Milwaukee residents that we do care and want them on our side in the fight to improve both Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.
An opportunity to join the Republican Party, campaign literature along with free candy will be available at our booth. But more importantly we will listen to concerns of Milwaukee’s north side residents.
Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. The Milwaukee event includes a parade at 9:00 am along with festival booths on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Center Street to Burleigh Ave. Our booth will be open from 9am – 5pm.
Milwaukee has one of the largest Juneteenth festivals in the nation. The event is organized by Northcott Neighborhood House.
Even though (Republican) President Lincoln freed the slaves in the Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863, the good news didn’t reach the folks in Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger and his troops arrived there, announcing the end of the Civil War.
Since then, June 19 has been known as “Juneteenth Day” and is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Civil Rights era saw a resurgence of observation of the day, and it’s been a staple of Milwaukee festivals since the 1970s, when an employee of the Northcott Neighborhood House was inspired by the celebrations held in southern states.
Thirty years later, everyone agrees that the best Juneteenth party can be found right here in Milwaukee. This years’ celebration will feature kids’ games, exhibits, soul food, music, a parade and more.
Read more at OnMilwaukee.com