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Juneteenth is an annual holiday observed on June 19th that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in 1863 freeing enslaved people in the Confederate states. However, it wasn't until federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 with the news that slavery had been abolished that the slaves living there learned that they were free. Over the years Juneteenth has grown from a locally celebrated holiday in Texas to an official holiday observed by several states. It became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021.
American Slavery As It Is by
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
Compiled by a prominent abolitionist, this book combines information taken from witnesses, and from active and former slave owners, to generate a condemnation of slavery from both those who observed it and those who perpetuated it. Summary taken from book.
Encyclopedia of African American Society by
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
The Encyclopedia of African American Society is the first comprehensive, accessible reference set in this field to give voice to the turbulent trends, past and present, that are often ignored in favour of mere facts. Summary taken from book.
A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 by
Publication Date: 2012-05-14
This book (originally published in 1887) remains a classic text in African American literature and Civil War history. In it, George Washington Williams, who served in the U. S. Colored Troops, tells the battle experiences of the almost 200,000 black men who fought for the Union cause. Determined to document the contributions of his fellow black soldiers, and to underscore the valor and manhood of his race, Williams gathered his material from the official records of U. S. and foreign governments, and from the orderly books and personal recollections of officers commanding Negro troops during the American Civil War. Summary taken from book.
Juneteenth Texas by
Publication Date: 2010-04-21
Volume of essays about African-American folklore, including reminiscences of African-American folk culture in Texas, studies of specific genres of folklore, information about Texas-African food-ways, studies of specific performers, information about songs and other folklore. Summary taken from the book.
Lincoln's Proclamation by
Publication Date: 2009-11-01
The Emancipation Proclamation, widely remembered as the heroic act that ended slavery, in fact freed slaves only in states in the rebellious South. True emancipation was accomplished over a longer period and by several means. Essays by eight distinguished contributors consider aspects of the president's decision making, as well as events beyond Washington, offering new insights on the consequences and legacies of freedom, the engagement of black Americans in their liberation, and the issues of citizenship and rights that were not decided by Lincoln's document. The essays portray emancipation as a product of many hands, best understood by considering all the actors, the place, and the time. Summary taken from book.
Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment by
Publication Date: 2015-08-24
Long before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln recognized the challenge American slavery posed to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. A constitutional amendment would be the ideal solution to ending slavery, yet the idea of such an amendment conflicted with several of Lincoln’s long-held positions. In this study, Christian G. Samito examines how Lincoln’s opposition to amending the United States Constitution shaped his political views before he became president, and how constitutional arguments overcame Lincoln’s objections, turning him into a supporter of the Thirteenth Amendment by 1864. Summary taken from the book.
Lincoln on Race and Slavery by
Publication Date: 2011-03-27
Generations of Americans have debated the meaning of Abraham Lincoln's views on race and slavery. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation and supported a constitutional amendment to outlaw slavery, yet he also harbored grave doubts about the intellectual capacity of African Americans, publicly used the n-word until at least 1862, and favored permanent racial segregation. In this book--the first complete collection of Lincoln's important writings on both race and slavery--readers can explore these contradictions through Lincoln's own words. Summary taken from the book.
Juneteenth Jamboree: From a Free Place to Displace
With the Galveston landing of U.S. Army Gen. Gordon Granger in 1865, slavery in Texas ended. African bondsmen became freedmen, and women and children likewise became African Americans. Many left the plantations to join freedom colonies; others sought out opportunities in cities and towns. Today, the consequences of gentrification and rising property values challenge new generations. Summary taken from website.
Juneteenth Jamboree: Retrospective
Our show illuminates the significance of the Juneteenth holiday and shares stories about black culture and history. Join us for a look back at some of our highlights from past episodes. Summary taken from website.
Juneteenth Jamboree: Soldiers, Cowboys and Indians
African American opportunities appeared in the frontier west after the Civil War. Black cowboys permeated the land. Buffalo soldiers were recruited to take up the Indian Wars. And a Black Seminole tribe chose freedom over oppression. Summary taken from website.
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