On Juneteenth – Annette Gordon-Reed


Interweaving American history, dramatic family chronicle and searing episodes of memoir, On Juneteenth recounts the origins of the holiday that celebrates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

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On Juneteenth


‘On Juneteenth’ by Annette Gordon-Reed is a profound exploration of the historical and cultural significance of Juneteenth. This book is structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of the significance of June 19, 1865, the day when enslaved people in Texas were finally informed of their emancipation.

Gordon-Reed combines personal anecdotes with historical analysis, painting a vivid picture of the events leading up to and following the announcement of freedom in Texas. A descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas in the 1850s, Annette Gordon-Reed, explores the legacies of the holiday.

From the earliest presence of black people in Texas-in the 1500s, well before enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown-to the day in Galveston on 19 June 1865, when General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery, Gordon-Reed’s insightful and inspiring essays present the saga of a frontier peopled by Native Americans, Anglos, Tejanos, and Blacks that became a slaveholder’s republic.

‘On Juneteenth’ is particularly relevant today as it sheds light on the enduring legacy of slavery and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in the United States. Gordon-Reed’s insightful commentary encourages readers to reflect on the past and understand its influence on present-day societal issues. By doing so, she fosters a deeper appreciation for Juneteenth and its place in American history.


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