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What is Juneteenth?, by Kirsti Jewel ; illustrated by Manuel Gutierrez - paperback

"On June 19, 1865, a group of enslaved men, women, and children in Texas gathered around a Union soldier and listened as he read the most remarkable words they would ever hear. They were no longer enslaved: they were free. The inhumane practice of forced labor with no pay was now illegal in all of the United States. This news was cause for celebration, so the group of people jumped in excitement, danced, and wept tears of joy. They did not know it at the time, but their joyous celebration of freedom would become a holiday--Juneteenth--that is observed each year by more and more Americans"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
What is Juneteenth? -- Centuries of slavery -- Fighting for freedom! -- Newly freed -- Early celebrations -- Claiming space -- Juneteenth's migration -- A revival, 1968 -- Celebrations today -- Jubilee in 2020 -- Officially Juneteenth -- Timelines
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
108 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations, maps, 20 cm.

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    Wautoma Public Library 410 West Main St, Wautoma, WI, 54982, US