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Quote Scott Replybullet Topic: Facts On Emancipation Day
    Posted: 01 Aug 2005 at 2:29pm

Britania made an excellent post earlier today, and I thought it needed its own thread. 

Happy Emancipation Day everyone!

Originally posted by Britania

Facts On Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day is celebrated on August 1, in all the former British colonies in the West Indies.

The Emancipation Bill was presented in Parliament by Thomas Buxton in 1833 and the Act came into effect on August 1, 1834. On that day it seemed as if history had been created for slaves throughout the West Indies. They would no longer be slaves, but emancipated - free to do as they pleased. However, that was not to be, as amidst the joy and celebration came the news that full freedom would not be granted immediately, but that ex-slaves would be apprenticed to their former master for a minimum of four (4) years. Thus a period of 'apprenticeship' was put in place to bridge the gap between slavery and complete freedom.

However, the apprenticeship did not achieve what its creators had intended. The spirit of reconciliation and compromise upon which the success of the system depended was not forthcoming. On August 1, 1838 apprenticeship was prematurely abolished, and apprentices in Jamaica and other islands became "full free".

Emancipation, means freedom from slavery. "Rejoice I am slave no more



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