Juneteenth

Juneteenth: A Day to Celebrate Freedom from Slavery

By Angela Leeper

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On June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas were formally notified that they had been emancipated, or given their freedom. This day became an annual holiday known as "Juneteenth," and it is celebrated today with food, fireworks, and community and family parties that commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

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Juneteenth

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelso

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A simple retelling of the importance of Juneteenth. Part of a series of holiday books for kids.

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Which Way Freedom?

By Joyce Hansen

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Obi escapes from slavery during the Civil War, joins a black Union regiment, and soon becomes involved in the bloody fighting at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. Sequel to Out of This Place.

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The Road to Freedom: A Story of Reconstruction

By Jabari Asim

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It is 1865, and freedom is in the air. Ten-year-old Ezra Taplin is living on a North Carolina plantation when Union soldiers arrive to set the slaves free. Ezra and his father, Silas, must deal with their newfound liberty while finding a way to support themselves. After spending time in a Union work camp, they journey to Charleston, South Carolina, where freed slaves are organizing to establish better lives for themselves and their families.

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The Land

By Mildred Taylor

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This prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the gripping coming-of-age story of Paul Logan, son of a land owner and a former slave, who confronts prejudice and back-breaking work in the Reconstruction South in pursuit of his dream to own his own land.

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The Adventures of High John the Conqueror

By Steve Sanfield

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A collection of sixteen tales about High John the Conqueror, the traditional trickster hero of blacks during and immediately after the time of slavery.

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Meet Addy: An American Girl

By Connie Porter

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One of several books about a young girl who escapes from slavery during the Civil War. Part of the popular "American Girl" series. Includes historical notes.
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Liberty Street

By Candice Ransom

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Young Kezia is a slave, living in nineteenth-century Fredericksburg, Virginia, until her mother helps her escape. Includes historical notes.

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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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