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DC Emancipation Day, 1862: It Was Slaveowners Who Got Reparations.

April 16, 2019

DC Emancipation Day, 1862: It Was Slaveowners Who Got Reparations.

On April 16, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act freeing the 3000 enslaved people in the District of Columbia. This was nine months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Confederate states, many of whom actually remained in bondage until the the war’s end in 1865, and 20 months before ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which definitively outlawed slavery everywhere in the United States.

Understandably, April 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia, District Emancipation Day, celebrated with speeches, concerts, fireworks and parades. There’s a bit of rain on that parade, though, if you take a closer look at history. That 1862 act was called the Compensated Emancipation Act, and it authorized payments to DC slaveowners rather than liberation of enslaved people on moral grounds. It even sought to promote emigration of former slaves outside the borders of the United States.

In any case, black Washingtonians had their freedom. That’s definitely worth celebrating.

More:

“When Slaveowners Got Reparations,” Tera W. Hunter, New York Times

Related:

“Georgetown students vote in favor of reparations for enslaved people,” Susan Svrluga, Washington Post

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This Is the New Year

January 1, 2019

‘This Is the New Year,” written by Ian Axel and performed by him with Chad King as A Great Big World. in 2012. Video director: Leiv Parton.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2019

“Happy New Year,” written by Chuck Collins, arranged by Gordon Jenkins, and performed by Judy Garland in 1957.

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New Year’s Resolution

January 1, 2019

“New Year’s Resolution,” written by Randle CatronWilla Dean “Deanie” Parker, and Mary Frierson; recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1968.

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Let’s greet 2019.

January 1, 2019

2019
Out with the old, in with the new. Happy 2019. Keep your head down in the New Year and you just might survive it.

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Funky New Year

January 1, 2019

“Funky New Year,” written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, recorded by them in 1978 with their band, the Eagles. The track was the flip side of “Please Come Home for Christmas.”

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New Year’s Resolution Blues

January 1, 2019

“New Year’s Resolution Blues,” written by Dallas Bartley and Leo Hickman, recorded by Roy Milton and His Solid Senders in 1948.

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Hello Mr. New Year

January 1, 2019

“Hello Mr. New Year,” recorded in 1958 by the The Coolbreezers, of Washington ,DC: Joe Reuth, Richard Steward, Bob Armstrong, William Primrose, Earl J. Williams, Sonny Williams. Like many African American harmony groups, the ensemble originally sang Gospel music. The Coolbreezers recorded for Bale Records, a short-lived venture of long-time DC R&B empresaria Bea Williams, sister of two group members.

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Happy New Year Baby

January 1, 2019

“Happy New Year Baby,” written by Paul Politi and George Garcia, issued as a 1965 single by The Sisters,  Rosella, Ersi, and Mary Arvizu from East LA. 14-year-old Ersi sang lead.

More:

“The Sisters: Ersi, Rosella, and Mary Arvizu,” Mark Guerrero

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2019

“Happy New Year,” from ABBA in 1980. written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

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