On Juneteenth

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The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native.


Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.

Combining personal anecdotes with poignant facts gleaned from the annals of American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African-Americans played an integral role in the Texas story.

Reworking the traditional “Alamo” framework, she powerfully demonstrates, among other things, that the slave- and race-based economy not only defined the fractious era of Texas independence but precipitated the Mexican-American War and, indeed, the Civil War itself.

In its concision, eloquence, and clear presentation of history, On Juneteenth vitally revises conventional renderings of Texas and national history. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2021
May 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
152
Pages
PUBLISHER
Liveright
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
860.5
KB

Customer Reviews

Rose Paage ,

Rose Paage

Excellent: Informative, entertaining, and so well researched and written.

Jersey Judge ,

A Celebration of New America

Thank you Ms. Gordon-Reed. As John Adams said that the Declaration of Independence should be read each July 4th to celebrate the break with Great Britain your work should be read to remind us, regardless of our ethnicity, to make our nation ONE. As God created us.

TTTeel ,

On Juneteenth

Full of facts and memories from the author. It’s definitely a book to read

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