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[READ: June 19, 2021] On Juneteenth

In recognition of Juneteenth this year, my University gave anyone who wanted one a copy of this book.

Gordon-Reed begins the preface by saying that Juneteenth was originally a Texas thing.  June 19, 1865 was the day that enslaved Texans were told that slavery had ended.  That was two year after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed and two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant.

What’s interesting though is after stating this she says that she was initially annoyed that people outside of Texas were celebrating this day because it was a supposed to be a Texas thing and she has great pride in her home state–despite the above.

This short book is written with anecdotes and history in an attempt to not only talk about the history of Black people in Texas but also to help understand how she can have pride in a place that seemed to not want her.

Indeed, the first chapter is about Texas and how it came to be–a brief history lesson for Texans and non-Texans alike.  Most importantly though is the image of Texas:  Texas is a white man.  Her essays look to find out what that means for all not-white, not-men in the State. (more…)

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