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Children's LiteraturePart of the "On My Own Holidays" series, this book celebrates the relatively unknown Texas holiday of Juneteenth, so named for the date June 19th, 1865. This is the day that the glorious news finally reached Texas, two years late, that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed by Abraham Lincoln. It had taken that long for the news to reach southern Texas that slavery had been outlawed. Blacks were overjoyed and decided one year later to observe June 19th, or Juneteenth as they called it, yearly as a celebration of freedom. Dances, fairs, and speeches remind all of that joyous occasion. Sensitive colored chalk illustrations and text briefly describe slavery in the South, the Civil War, and Mr. Lincoln's proclamation. The State of Texas now recognizes Juneteenth as a state holiday. A balanced addition to the multicultural library, it includes a glossary of terms. 2006, Millbrook Press, and Ages 7 to 9.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.