African American

Juneteenth: Freedom Day

By Muriel Miller Branch

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"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. It is small gatherings on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, to immense crowds in Buffalo, New York. This ethnic holiday includes the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, retelling of legends about how it got its name, parades, parties, and family reunions.

"Join the author and photographer as they traveled to experience this celebration of freedom in various spots around the United States."

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Juneteenth Jamboree

By Carole Boston Weatherford

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Cassandra and her family have moved to her parents' hometown in Texas, but it doesn't feel like home to Cassandra until she experiences Juneteenth, a Texas tradition celebrating the end of slavery.

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Into the Land of Freedom: African Americans in Reconstruction

By Meg Greene

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This history book includes many illustrations and photos.
Contents: The day of jubilee -- How free is free? -- "Give us this, and we will protect ourselves" -- A second bondage -- Black spirit, black mind -- A new war -- Redemption and rejection -- Timeline.

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Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

By Harriette Gillem Robinet

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Born with a withered leg and hand, Pascal, who is about twelve years old, joins other former slaves in a search for a farm and the freedom which it promises.
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The Emancipation Proclamation

By Michael J. Martin

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Explores the events leading up to Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which freed most slaves, and its effects on the course of the Civil War.

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Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States

By Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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Uses slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents to chronicle the various stages leading to the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

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Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves: African-Americans in the Time of Reconstruction

By Joyce Hansen

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An account of African-American life in the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War, based on first-person narratives, contemporary documents, and other historical sources.

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The Story of Kwanzaa

By Donna Washington

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Describes the tradition and customs of Kwanzaa and includes activities.

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The Children's Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday

By Dolores Johnson

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A guide to the origins, principles, symbols, and celebration of the African-American holiday.

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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

By Angela Shelf Medearis

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When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.

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