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Juneteenth (a rather strange shortening of "June" and "nineteenth") is a memorial day (on a rather strange date) for the ending of slavery in the United States, recently becoming very popular and celebrated annually on the 19nth of June, in the United States and elsewhere.

Originally, it referred only the date on which the Union army general Gordon Granger proclaimed that all slaves in Texas were free (19 June 1865). This proclamation did not free slaves elsewhere. More significant dates may have been Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (22 September 1862) or the legal ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that abolished slavery everywhere in the United States (6 December 1865). The recent popularity of Juneteenth may be related to Juneteenth occurring shortly before and thus possibly co-opting/overshadowing the Independence Day of the United States on the Fourth of July, now in association with the Great Awokening increasingly considered less politically correct and associated with "White supremacism".

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