Annette Gordon-Reed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard University historian Annette Gordon-Reed, whose most recent previous book was The Hemingses of Monticello, is virtually here this evening with her timely new book on the story of Juneteenth, its Texas origins, its resonance today, On Juneteenth (Liveright).

“In a series of short, moving essays, [Gordon-Reed] explores ‘the long road’ to June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in Texas, the state where Gordon-Reed was born and raised.... No matter what she’s looking at, Gordon-Reed pries open this space between the abstract and particular.... One of the things that makes this slender book stand out is Gordon-Reed’s ability to combine clarity with subtlety, elegantly carving a path between competing positions, instead of doing as too many of us do in this age of hepped-up social-media provocations by simply reacting to them. In On Juneteenth she leads by example, revisiting her own experiences, questioning her own assumptions — and showing that historical understanding is a process, not an end point.” - Jennifer Szalai, New York Times.

Presented by Town Hall Civics and the Northwest African American Museum in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.


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ISBN: 9781631498831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright - May 4th, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 7:30pm
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