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Freedom's Eve ~ Honoring Black Soldiers in the Civil War
From the U.S. National Archives
Recognition of National Emancipation Day is being considered in our Nation's Capitol, H.Res 803 ~ Representative Barbara Lee of California. Black Soldiers in the Civil War continues to be a hidden legacy. The popular movie, Lincoln, highlights President Abraham Lincoln using his authority as "Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy" under Article II, section 2 of the United States Constitution, to suspend civil law in those states which were in rebellion, however he believed he did not have Commander-in-Chief authority over the four slave-holding states that had not declared a secession: Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware. As Union soldiers advanced, Freedom's Eve became manifest throughout the United States and beyond. Freedom's Eve continues for people of African ancestry throughout parts of the world, today.

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