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"Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance."
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Print books in the Black Cultural Center Library
Juneteenth Texas: essays in African-American folklore by
Call Number: BCC GR1 .T4 no.54
Publication Date: 1996
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.
Juneteenth: freedom day by
Call Number: BCC E185.93.T4 B68 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Juneteenth is the grandfather of all holidays for Black Texans. From its spontaneous beginning on June 19, 1865, as slaves in Galveston, Texas, reacted to the delayed news of the Emancipation Proclamation, the holiday has spread nationwide among Black Americans.
Juneteenth: a novel by
Call Number: BCC PS3555.L625 J86 2000
Publication Date: 2000
NATIONAL BESTSELLER "[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--Newsday From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century.
African American Holidays by
Call Number: BCC (Reference) GT4803 .A8 1997
Publication Date: 1991-12-01
AFRICAN AMERICAN HOLIDAYS is the first publication by James C. Anyike, an educational consultant from Chicago, IL. The book was written in hopes of familarizing African American people about those holidays which are inherently theirs. It is our belief at Popular Truth, Inc., that the knowledge, awareness & celebration of these African American holidays will lead to a nation-wide recognition of these dates.
B. Smith by
Call Number: BCC TX739 .S485 1999
Publication Date: 1999
Includes a section on a Juneteenth Celebration
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: from the age of segregation to the twenty-first century by
Call Number: BCC E185 .E5453 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Focusing on the making of African American society from the 1896 "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson up to the contemporary period, this encyclopedia traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, the Brown ruling that overturned Plessy, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African American culture on the American cultural landscape.
Books with online access
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Freedom's Child: a Juneteenth story by
Call Number: BCC (Juvenile Collection) E185.615 .B556 1989
Publication Date: 1997
Finding power in lessons from the past Juneteenth -- the day Texan slaves found out they had been freed, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation -- is June's favorite holiday. This year, though, her cousin Lillie will be there for the Juneteenth picnic. That could spoil everything. Lillie is used to celebrating the Fourth of July, like everyone else, and has no interest in Southern traditions. But Aunt Marshall, the girls' great-great-aunt, knows the significance of Juneteenth -- she was about June's age on June 19th, 1865, when the celebration began in Texas -- and she just may be able to convince Lillie that Juneteenth is not a dumb old slave holiday, but a part of her heritage, and the first of many of freedom's gifts.
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the first day of freedom by
Call Number: HSSE (Children's Lit) P Joh
Publication Date: 2014
Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis. Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms.