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History & future of Juneteenth with author Annette Gordon-Reed
History & future of Juneteenth with author Annette Gordon-Reed
6/14/202158:01

In conversation with South Seattle Emerald's Marcus Harrison Green, Annette Gordon-Reed weaves together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir chronicled in her book "On Juneteenth." She recounts the origins of the date in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured since and explains how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas, African-Americans played an integral role in the state's story. She demonstrates that the slave- and race-based economy not only defined the fractious era of Texas independence but indeed caused the Mexican-American and Civil Wars.

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