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From the United States Capitol History Society
The elderly Texas native whose activism contributed to the creation of the national holiday.
On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they were free. A century and a half later, people across the U.S. continue to celebrate the day, which is now a federal holiday.
History and celebrations.
Library Resources in the Spotlight:
Juneteenth : The Story Behind the Celebration - Library eBook
"Juneteenth has been touted as a national day celebrating the end of slavery. This is the first scholarly book to delve into the history behind Juneteenth. Using decades of research in archives around the nation, this book helps separate myth from reality and tells the story behind the celebration in a way that provides new understanding and appreciation for the event."
Juneteenth: Fact Sheet - Online U.S. government document
By the Congressional Research Service for the United States Congress, this document is continually updated.
Not all Texans supported the Confederacy. Included are essays about Texan slaves, freedmen and freedwomen, Tejanos, German immigrants, and white women who all took part in the struggle, even though some never found themselves on a battlefield. The final chapter provides a history of Juneteenth, the emancipation of Texas slaves, and the history of celebrating the holiday.
Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore - Online book, Library print book
Covers 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 / A Novel by Ralph Ellison ; edited by John Callahan - Library eBook
More about Black culture and history than Juneteenth itself, this novel is by the African American author of the acclaimed The Invisible Man.
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