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Abraham Lincoln made his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, but the Civil War and slavery dragged on for two more years.  It was not until June 19, 1865, that former slaves in Texas finally got word of their freedom. 

The date is now remembered as "Juneteenth."  The Oregon Shakepeare Festival observes Juneteenth every year, and this year the celebration is Monday, June 27th (an off-day for festival performers). 

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We shudder to think that our country was once home to the practice of slavery, and that we fought a civil war over it. 

And we're not quite done shuddering, because slavery has not yet disappeared from the planet. 

Millions of people around the world are trapped in working conditions they cannot change, and International Justice Mission is one of several organizations working to end such slavery. 

Rotary International also now fields an Action Group Against Child Slavery.

"A Dreadful Deceit" About Race

Jan 8, 2014

Maybe we're finally getting away from the idea of different races, but in no great hurry. 

Remember, people once referred to "the Jewish race," among other things.  Science has established that there's ONE race--human--but the old ways die hard. 

Oregon's Dark Secret: Legal Slavery

Sep 24, 2013
R. Gregory Nokes

We all know the story of pre-Civil War America: there were slave states and free states.

But the line between them got a lot blurrier in the newer territories, including Oregon.