June 2021

Resources for Juneteenth


Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, is a holiday to celebrate the emancipation of slaves. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation outlawed slavery on September 22, 1862. However, it was not enforced in the South due to the Civil War. After the war, it was mostly up to Union armies to enforce the law. Texas was the most isolated Confederate state, and it took two and a half years for news of the Emancipation to reach slaves there. On June 19, 1865, Union Army general Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, that they were free, and Juneteenth was born.

Now, many states recognize Juneteenth, and there are calls to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Today we’ll be sharing some free resources from around the web to use on Juneteenth.

Resources from Around the Web

  • On Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance), there is an essay on how to teach Juneteenth.
  • PBS has the transcript of a primary source from Frederick Douglass, given in 1852, called "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.”
  • See some favorite books for all grade levels from We Are Teachers.

Share your favorite resources with us online at #inspiresocialstudies.

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