Black History : 'The Slaves Dread New Year's Day the Worst': The Grim History of January 1

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Better known to slaves as
Hiring Day or Heartbreak Day. The only other significance to January 1 would be the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation(January 1, 1863) first issued on September 22, 1962; however, that action only prematurely stopped the demise felt by slaves, until the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865.

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In the Spirit of Thread Consolidation,



(Watch Night) Night Watch Services...True or False? ... Happy New Year Framily


 
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African American Watch Night rings in new year



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