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Juneteenth Cloze Activity
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Word Bank:
Proclamation
USA
Virginia
holiday
lines
slaves
picnics
1980
Union
Lee
Texas
north
Lincoln
Confederacy
1865
months

Juneteenth (also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) is a holiday that commemorates the freeing of the last ____________________________ in the ____________________, on June 19, 1865.

Although the Civil War ended on April 9, 1865 (when Gen. Robert E. ____________________ surrendered at Appomattox Court House, ____________________________), news of the victory of the Union (the ____________________________) over the ____________________________ (the south), and the enforcement of the liberation of all slaves did not reach the outlying areas of the USA for _______________________ (there was neither radio nor TV, but many cities had telegraph ____________________________; news to outlying areas was spread on horseback, by boat, or via a few railroads). Some of the last of the slaves to be freed were in Galveston, __________________________; they were freed on June 19, _______________________, when General Gordon Granger and 2,000 _____________________________ troops arrived at Galveston, enforcing the Emancipation ________________________________ (which had been issued by Abraham _______________________________ on September 22, 1862), freeing the remaining slaves.

Juneteenth became an official _____________________________ in Texas on Jan. 1, ____________________, and is now celebrated in many US states. Texas-style activities often accompany this holiday, including _____________________________, barbecues, rodeos, pot-lucks, and other get-togethers.



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