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On Juneteenth por Annette Gordon-Reed
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On Juneteenth (edição 2021)

por Annette Gordon-Reed (Autor)

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Título:On Juneteenth
Autores:Annette Gordon-Reed (Autor)
Informação:Liveright (2021), 152 pages
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Timely Take-Aways for Life-Long Learning

Three recent works of nonfiction focus on America’s history of slavery and evolving narratives regarding acknowledgement of enslaved people.

William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia
William C. Kashatus; April 2021; University of Notre Dame Press/Longleaf
Themes: history, social science, biography, African American & Black Studies
Set within the context of the broader anti-slavery movement, William C. Kashatus tells the compelling story of William Still, a key leader of the Underground Railroad and early civil rights advocate. Of particular note is the detailed database of the 995 runaway slaves who William Still helped escape between 1853 and 1861 which provides priceless information about each individual.

On Juneteenth
Annette Gordon-Reed; May 2021; Liveright/W. W. Norton
Themes: history, social science, memoir, African American & Black Studies
Blending both heart-wrenching and uplifting personal anecdotes about growing up Black in Texas with key historical events and stories, Annette Gordon-Reed takes readers on a journey through history with connections for today.

How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
Clint Smith; June 2021; Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group
Themes: history, social science, memoir, African American & Black Studies
A travelogue, a memoir, a history, and a powerful reckoning… Clint Smith shares his experiences visiting sites connected with the history of enslaved people from Africa to the United States.

Let’s explore seven timely take-aways for life-long learners:
1. Free black abolitionist William Still coordinated activities of the Eastern Line of the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. The detailed records kept by Still in the mid-nineteenth century about escaped slaves provide a priceless tool for researchers exploring the African American enslavement experience.
2. Those involved with the anti-slavery and later civil rights movements often disagreed about the best approach to address abolition, the plight of enslaved peoples, and the aftermath of slavery.
3. Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865. On this date, the news arrived in Galveston Texas proclaiming the end of slavery and defeat of the Confederacy (General Order No. 3).
4. Although long celebrated by Black Texans, Juneteenth has recently become part of the national conversation and ongoing battle to acknowledge the racism and battle for civil rights in America.
5. The nationalist-oriented, conventional narrative of American history comes from a white, English-speaking perspective closing off varied influences and viewpoints.
6. Many historical sites are working toward a more truthful approach to the discussion of enslaved people.
7. While some historical sites are striving to fill the gaps with a more accurate picture of their connection to slavery, others are finding the process of reconciliation a challenge. ( )
  eduscapes | Oct 19, 2021 |
this was not what i expected, but it was well done and interesting and poignant at times. i didn't know it would be so much about texas, which i probably wouldn't have been compelled to read about, but she does a nice job of weaving her personal history with the country's history, and how it all fits in with texas history. in particular is the mythology of history that white americans have built up that she sets right.

more than anything, though, it really made me want to read her histories of sally hemings as it sounds she is the preeminent historian on the subject of her life. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Sep 9, 2021 |
Annette Gordon-Reed’s history of race relations in the United States and particularly in the state of her birth, Texas combines memoir, family stories, history, and historical analysis in a short and powerful book. She starts with June 19, 1865, or Juneteenth. This was the day when General Gordon brought the victorious United States Army onto the island of Galveston, Texas and announced the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation to the residents of the last rebellious Confederate state to surrender and stop fighting.

The overwhelming majority of white Texans had, from their first settlement in what was then Mexico, envisioned a place where the economy was based on the unpaid labor of enslaved Americans of African descent. And they did whatever they could to disobey the order. To this day Americans are living with the results of this refusal to live up the words of the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed equality. ( )
  MaowangVater | Jul 25, 2021 |
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed explores the history of Texas through the experiences of her family and the Black community in six short essays.

By title alone, I thought I was in for a very different book specifically about the history of Juneteenth and its celebration. What the book actually is, though, is a blend of memoir and history reflecting on the history of Texas as it pertained to slavery and Black Americans, and how that doesn't always line up with the origin stories of a nation that become almost mythic. Skillfully blending personal history with historical record, she touches on integration and how it affected her as the first Black student in a white school, the Alamo, and, yes, Juneteenth and the consequences (good and bad) from the proclamation. A fascinating account I would readily recommend to a wide variety of readers. ( )
  bell7 | Jul 16, 2021 |
Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Annette Gordon-Reed, has written a collection of essays which are historical documents and memoir of Black history, including her own, in Texas. Once again, the discrepancy between a stated political policy change and its reality, namely the supposed ending of slavery in Texas, is illuminated in this collection. It was a very interesting, well written,, and educational read, and clearly timely, as Juneteenth has so recently been declared a national holiday. When will we know a generation of Black Americans who do not live with the hypocrisy of America's racism? ( )
  hemlokgang | Jul 3, 2021 |
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