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What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. (History Channel, What Is Juneteenth?)



On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed (available in print) 

The Crooked Path to Abolition:  Abraham Lincoln and the antislavery Constitution by James Oakes (available in print)  

How the South Won the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson (available in print and as an ebook)

A Just and Generous Nation by Harold Holzer (available in print)  

Lincoln’s Gamble:  the tumultuous six months that gave the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War by Todd Brewster (available in print)  

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis (available in print and as an ebook)

The Slave’s Cause by Manisha Sinha (available in print)  

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies:  The Civil War by David Fisher (available in print)  





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