On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed audiobook

On Juneteenth

By Annette Gordon-Reed
Read by Karen Chilton

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The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed―herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s―forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all. Combining personal anecdotes with poignant facts gleaned from the annals of American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African-Americans played an integral role in the Texas story. Reworking the traditional “Alamo” framework, she powerfully demonstrates, among other things, that the slave- and race-based economy not only defined the fractious era of Texas independence but precipitated the Mexican-American War and, indeed, the Civil War itself. In its concision, eloquence, and clear presentation of history, On Juneteenth vitally revises conventional renderings of Texas and national history. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

#1 Amazon bestseller

A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021

An Oprah Magazine Pick of 2021's Best Books

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Book of 2021

A 2021 Boston Globe Book of the Year

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2021

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Los Angeles Public Library Best Book of the Year

A Washington Independent Review of Books Pick for 2021

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native

Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed―herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s―forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.

Combining personal anecdotes with poignant facts gleaned from the annals of American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African-Americans played an integral role in the Texas story.

Reworking the traditional “Alamo” framework, she powerfully demonstrates, among other things, that the slave- and race-based economy not only defined the fractious era of Texas independence but precipitated the Mexican-American War and, indeed, the Civil War itself.

In its concision, eloquence, and clear presentation of history, On Juneteenth vitally revises conventional renderings of Texas and national history. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] evocative memoir, blending gorgeous details from her small-town Texas girlhood with the unofficial celebration of slavery’s demise and the broader canvas of race in America.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“An important part of the discussion about who and what we are as twenty-first-century Americans.” Washington Independent Review of Books
“Tempers that lifelong sense of Texas exceptionalism as she details with clear-eyed detachment yet enduring affection the Lone Star State’s outsized impact on the nation.” Texas Monthly
“Makes the case that the history of Black Texas is central to the history of the United States.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Gordon-Reed urges Texans and all Americans to reflect critically on this tangled history. A remarkable meditation on the history and folk mythology of Texas from an African American perspective.” Booklist (starred review)
“A concise personal and scholarly history that avoids academic jargon as it illuminates emotional truths.” Kirkus Reviews
“Gordon–Reed’s family is strongly tied to Texas, and her fondness for the state—despite its racial history and continuing struggles today—is perfectly captured in Chilton’s spirited narration.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Annette Gordon-Reed

Author Bio: Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of several books of nonfiction, including The Hemingses of Monticello, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 3.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English