Juneteenth Reading List
Flossmoor is a community steeped in history and energized by diversity and inclusion in all its forms. As we work to become more united, it is important to remember the journey and struggles of African Americans throughout our country’s history. Although our country was founded on the bold declaration that all men were created equal, we know that this was not truly the case. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, General Gordon Granger issued a general order freeing the remaining slaves in Texas, although slavery was not outlawed in the United States until the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December 1865.
Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the emancipation of the enslaved people in Texas and a day to recognize the generations of African Americans who fought and gave so much in the quest for freedom and civil rights. On Juneteenth, we are all called upon to recognize the significance of the day and join hearts and hands across Flossmoor to make it the welcoming, beautiful and connected community we all hold dear.
In collaboration with the Flossmoor Public Library, we’ve developed this reading and film list, which covers the struggle for freedom and the post-Civil War era, as well as other aspects of the African-American experience.
Recommended Reading for the Juneteenth Holiday
Summaries for each entry on this list can be found at the library catalog: catalog.swanlibraries.net.
The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States by Ira Berlin. 326.8 BER
The Thin Light of Freedom: the Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America by Edward Ayers. 973.73 AYE
Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 by James Oakes
Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner.
Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War by Ira Berlin. 973.0496 FRE
We Ain’t What We Ought To Be : The Black Freedom Struggle From Emancipation to Obama by Stephen G.N. Tuck. 323.1196 TUC
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston. 306.362 HUR
The Battle of Negro Fort: The Rise & Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community by Matthew J. Clavin. 973.51 CLA
50 Black Women Who Changed America, by Amy Alexander. BIO ALEXANDER
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. 304.8089 WIL
Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth by Richard Wright. BIO WRIGHT
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. 364.973 ALE
Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin. 305.4889 AUS
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. 345.05 STE
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan and Asha Bandele. 323.092 KHA
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. FIC COA
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate. FIC WIN
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. FIC ELL
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison. FIC ELL
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. FIC BAL
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. FIC MOR
Roots, the 30th Anniversary Edition DVD TV ROOT
12 Years A Slave DVD FEATURE TWEL
Slavery by Another Name DVD NON-FIC SLAV
Slavery and the Making of America DVD NON-FIC SLAV
Eyes on the Prize DVD NON-FIC EYES
Abraham Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation, and the Thirteenth Amendment by B.J. Best. J 973.714 BES
Juneteenth by Natalie M. Rosinsky. J 394.263 ROS
Juneteenth by R.J. Bailey. E 394.263 BAI
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson. E JOH
Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford. E WEA
Juneteeth For Mazie by Floyd Cooper. E COO