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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native Annette Gordon-Reed tells the origin story of Juneteenth with incredible depth and warmth in her book, On Juneteenth. Combining deep historical research with personal anecdotes, Gordon-Reed outlines the background of not only the new federal holiday, which celebrates the day the last enslaved people in Texas learned they were free, but also the broader history of Black people in the state and country, as well as the continuing fight for racial justice today.

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