From: Britannica Academic
From: Encyclopedia of African American history: 1896 to the present
From: Frederick Douglass (1855) My bondage and my freedom
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Black Women and Resistance to Enslavement
The Initial Promise of Reconstruction
Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the end of slavery by
Call Number: E185.2 .W68 2013
Publication Date: 2012-12-05
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary, this book collects 150 photographs--some never before published--from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s, displaying the seismic impact of emancipation on African Americans born before and after the Proclamation, providing perspectives on freedom and enslavement. Envisioning Emancipation illustrates what freedom looked like for Black Americans in the Civil War era. From photos of the enslaved on plantations and African American soldiers and camp workers in the Union Army to Juneteenth celebrations, reunions of formerly enslaved people, and portraits of Black families and workers in the American South, the images in this book challenge perceptions of enslavement with powerful images of lives too often ignored or erased from historical records,
The Origins of Juneteenth
Juneteenth Texas: essays in African-American folklore by
Call Number: GR111.A47 J9 1996
Publication Date: 1996-10-01
Juneteenth Texas reflects the many dimensions of African American folklore. The personal essays are reminiscences about the past and are written from both Black and white perspectives. They are followed by essays which classify and describe different aspects of African American folk culture in Texas.
Juneteenth and Other Emancipation Celebrations over Time
Festivals of Freedom: memory and meaning in African American emancipation celebrations, 1808-1915 by
Call Number: E453 .K33 2003
Publication Date: 2003-08-01
With the abolition of the forced trans-Atlantic migration of enslaved people in 1808, many African Americans began calling for a day of public thanksgiving to commemorate this important step toward freedom. During the ensuing century, Black leaders built on this foundation and constructed a distinctive and vibrant tradition through their celebrations of the end of slavery in New York State, the British West Indies, and eventually the United States as a whole, Festivals of Freedom explores the multiple functions and contested meanings surrounding African American emancipation celebrations from the abolition of the forced trans-Atlantic migration of enslaved people to the fiftieth anniversary of U.S. emancipation.
The End of Reconstruction and Its Aftermath
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow by
Call Number: E185.61 .G253 2019
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
The abolition of enslavement after the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the Civil Rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery: if emancipation sparked 'a new birth of freedom' in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? Stony the Road uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after enslavement combated it by articulating a vision of a 'New Negro' to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to the United States.
The Persistence of Resistance
My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations by
Call Number: E185.97.H825 B47 2005
Publication Date: 2005-09-06
My Face Is Black Is True resurrects the forgotten life of Callie House (1861-1928), formerly enslaved woman, widowed Nashville washerwoman and mother of five who, seventy years before the Civil Rights Movement, headed a demand for reparations for formerly enslaved people. House sought African American pensions based on those offered Union soldiers and targeted $68 million in taxes on seized Southern cotton (over $1.2 billion in 2005 dollars), demanding it as repayment for centuries of unpaid labor, despite facing recrimination from the U.S. Department of Justice and Postmaster General and even opposition from some African American newspapers,
Reflections on Emancipation, 100 Years On
The Fire Next Time by
Call Number: M.L. King Lib-Sims E185.61.B18 F5
Publication Date: 1992-12-01
The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging Civil Rights Movement--and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both Black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.
Juneteenth in Fiction
Come Juneteenth by
Call Number: M.L. King Lib-Sims PS3568.I467 C65 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Sis Goose is a beloved member of Luli's family, despite the fact that she was born enslaved. But the family is harboring a terrible secret. And when Union soldiers arrive on their Texas plantation to announce that enslaved people have been declared free for nearly two years, Sis Goose is horrified to learn that the people she called family have lied to her for so long. She runs away--but her newly found freedom has tragic consequences. Interwoven with the story is the chronology of events that led to the creation of Juneteenth as a day of celebration.
Juneteenth: a novel by
Call Number: M.L. King Lib-Sims PS3555.L625 J86 1999
Publication Date: 1999-05-29
Shot on the Senate floor by a young Black man, a dying racist senator summons an elderly Black Baptist minister from Oklahoma to his side for a remarkable dialogue that reveals the deeply buried secrets of their shared past and the tragedy that reunites them.
The Struggle for Justice and Equality in the 21st Century: Reflections on the Presidency of Barack Obama
We Were Eight Years in Power: an American tragedy by
Call Number: E907 .C63 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-03
In this collection featuring the landmark essay "The Case for Reparations" Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath--including the election of Donald Trump. "We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era Black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this collection of essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a Black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president." This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period--and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history.
The Struggle for Justice and Equality in the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter
On the Other Side of Freedom: the case for hope by
Call Number: E185.615 .M3535 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
In August 2014, twenty-nine-year-old activist DeRay Mckesson stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them in cities across the country, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. In On the Other Side of Freedom, Mckesson offers a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression, laying down the intellectual, pragmatic, and political framework for a new liberation movement. Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation's complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. He argues that our best efforts to combat injustice have been stunted by the belief that racism's wounds are history, and suggests that intellectual purity has curtailed optimistic realism.
Stewart (2020). "Essay: Celebrating Juneteenth in 2020 Is an Act of Resistance". Texas Monthly.
Jackson (2020). "Black Joy—Not Corporate Acknowledgment—Is the Heart of Juneteenth". The Atlantic.