Though National Freedom Day is technically only one day a year, a baby name inspired by this holiday will help baby carry the important commemoration of the day freedom was granted for all, every day of the year! Given the freedom-loving nature of the holiday, baby doesn’t have to arrive on February 1st for one of these inspired names to fit perfectly. A gender-neutral, girl, or boy baby name taken from the folds of history with eyes on the future will keep the spirit of freedom alive all day, every day.
What is National Freedom Day?
National Freedom Day is February 1st and is the annual commemoration of the day President Abraham Lincoln signed the document to abolish slavery. This would eventually become the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. But, even though this amendment was signed in 1865, National Freedom Day was signed into law on June 30, 1948. This holiday was proposed by a former slave and military leader, Major Richard Robert Wright Sr. After achieving his freedom, he became a prominent figure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and fought to have a day when American freedom and liberation were celebrated. He, unfortunately, died in 1947, but President Harry Truman honored his wishes with a national holiday.
What is the history of the 13th Amendment?
The Abolition of Slavery, otherwise known as the 13th Amendment in the United States Constitution, criminalized the ownership of slaves. This amendment was signed in 1865 to outlaw slavery and was nearly 100 years after America’s initial independence in 1776. In December 1791, the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the US Constitution—was ratified, and it would take nearly 75 years after this to get to the thirteenth amendment. But even though it took longer than it should have, it nearly took longer; the proposal required a two-thirds majority vote in the House of Representatives, and it only won with a 119 to 56 victory.
How is freedom determined around the world?
Freedom is often a human right that is taken for granted in western society. Unfortunately, of the 195 countries in the world, only 83 are considered free. This metric is determined by internationally recognized human rights groups, like Freedom House. The countries that make room for oppressive political regimes, unfair elections, and lack of basic human rights do not qualify. However, this unambiguous “free” or “not free” qualification isn’t the only outcome for countries being measured; there is also a “partly free” ranking, determined by a middling score within a 100-point system. The United States of America currently scores 83 out of 100, dropping 11 points in the last decade. But plenty of countries around the world rank in the 90s—39 to be exact—ensuring that the world has freedom leaders to look to in every direction!