Annette Gordon-Reed: On Juneteenth
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President Abraham Lincoln announced the end of slavery in 1862, but it wasn’t until two and a half years later on June 19, 1865, that the news finally reached enslaved people in Texas.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native Annette Gordon-Reed chronicles the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African Americans have endured from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond.

Her new book On Juneteenth provides the context and reminder that the fight for equality is still ongoing in our country.


Annette Gordon-Reed

Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard University; Author, On Juneteenth; Twitter @agordonreed

In conversation with Judge LaDoris Cordell

(Ret); Twitter @judgecordell

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on June 9th, 2021 by the Commonwealth Club of California.

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