Juneteenth: Reading Recommendations from YPL Staff

Jun 19, 2021 | Book Lists, News, Social Justice

For the first time, we are celebrating Juneteenth–also known as Freedom Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day–as a federal holiday. It is the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. 

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865 when union soldier, Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free. This announcement was more than two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Information and learning opportunities about Juneteenth abound – but we have gathered some books and articles here. The books below are available to borrow at York Public Library, and countless others are available through Inter-Library Loan. Click on a title to put a title on hold. 

On Juneteenth
The Fiery Trial : Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
Thin Light of Freedom
Days of Jubilee
Forever Free : The Story Of Emancipation And ReconstructioN
Children of the Emancipation
The First Emancipator
Liberty or Death : the surprising story of runaway slaves who sided with the British during the American Revolution