AUDIOBOOK ∙ 2021
What we think we know about the past isn’t always the full story, as On Juneteenth makes stunningly clear. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed shows us an important side of her state’s history, chronicling the events that led to the enslaved finally being freed in Texas on June 19, 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. But she shows that this story isn’t only about that moment—a persistent state of racial inequality followed. Weaving in her own memories of growing up in the Jim Crow era, Gordon-Reed recounts painful realities that left us feeling enlightened, with help from actor Karen Chilton’s deeply compelling narration. A brilliant, baffling, and absolutely necessary listen, On Juneteenth will change the way you think about the Lone Star State.