Reading Human Rights: On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

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This discussion will take place IN-PERSON at HCLS, Miller Branch.  

Branch Location: 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042  |  410.313.1950 (MAP)

Reading Human Rights is a monthly book discussion hosted by the Howard County Office of Human Rights & Equity and Howard County Library System. We read books that promote cultural awareness, diversity, equity.

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

New York Times • Times Critics Top Books of 2021
New York Times Bestseller
Best Books of the Year • Washington PostTIME, NPR, Oprah Daily, Boston GlobeChristian Science MonitorKansas City Independent, Los Angeles Public Library, Washington Independent Review of Books, Spy, Audile, Biblioracle, AbeBooks

The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native.

Combining personal anecdotes with poignant facts gleaned from the annals of American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African-Americans played an integral role in the Texas story.


Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. The author of Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello, she lives in New York and Cambridge.


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Registered customers should place a hold request on the title using their library card in order to receive a copy to read before the discussion.  Availability of physical copies is not guaranteed.