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Cinco de Mayo's connection to anti-slavery in the U.S. is largely forgotten today

Cinco de Mayois marketed in the U.S. as a fun holidayfor getting drunk and eating tacos. But its origins are linked to California Latinos who saw a battle in Mexico in 1862 as a victory for abolition during the Civil War.

Why it matters: Protests around the death of George Floyd, which brought Latino and Black advocates together over the past year, have prompted a re-examination of this lesser-known piece of U.S. history.

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