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[Children] JUNETEENTH- A Celebration of Freedom
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8; -Taylor provides in-depth coverage of the day that commemorates General Order No. 3 of June 19, 1865, formally emancipating Texans of African descent. His frank discourse on the history of slavery in the U.S. facilitates a fuller appreciation of Juneteenth.
He discusses its meaning and gives examples of celebrations from 1866 to the present. Informative, documented black-and-white photos and reproductions supplement the text. The cover is busy and unappealing, but the attractively bordered pages and enthusiastic writing compensate for this drawback.
Even libraries that own Muriel Miller Branch's Juneteenth: Freedom Day (Dutton, 1998) will want this well-researched and engaging study. Though the former title has better photographs and an attractive cover, Taylor's offering is better organized and includes additional material, such as the Emancipation Proclamation.
About the Author
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Taylor is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He has served as a national consultatnt to dozens of colleges and universities in the area of diversity and multicultural education. He participates regularly in Juneteenth celebrations and believes passionately in the need to preserve African American cultural legacies.
'JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom' effectively conveys the jubilation that occurred on June 19, 1865 when African American people in Texas were the last to be freed from the horrors of U.S. slavery, a full two months after the end of the Civil War and more than two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
Dr. Taylor's 32-page book, full of colorful illustrations, archival photographs, and historical documents, makes the information about Juneteenth accessible for readers aged ten and up.
Juneteenth is the oldest African American celebration in the United States and is quickly becoming one of the most popular holidays observed by Black Americans. Seven states (TX, OK, FL, DE, AK, ID, and IA) have already made Juneteenth a holiday--with more to come.