"My country,' tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing" is not a song that my enslaved African American ancestors who were alive 150 years ago in 1861 could sing. But after the end of the war, they could for the first time in their lives, begin to sing a song such as this, and no doubt they understood the true meaning of the words in this song "From every mountainside let freedom ring! "
This blog, Let Freedom Ring!, is a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. As an African American, I have a lot to celebrate during this anniversary because if the Civil War had not occurred and resulted in the freedom of my people, my life would be totally different and I would undoubtedly be "working on somebody's plantation." This blog is designed to document my personal journey and research discoveries of the People, Places, Events, and Other Things Related to the Civil War Era. Not only will I talk about my ancestors, but I will also talk about the others not related to me who were alive during this era. I hope that other American bloggers and genealogists will take some time to commemorate this anniversary in some type of way.
Today, there is much debate about the causes of the Civil War. Irregardless of the causes, I am more concerned with the outcome which was the freedom of my ancestors.
LET FREEDOM RING! I wish I could sing it like Aretha Franklin, but since that's not my talent and I want you to visit my blog again (LOL), just listen to her sing the song and reflect on our nation's FREEDOM.
Aretha Franklin MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE Inauguration Day 2009