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P&P Live! Annette Gordon-Reed: ON JUNETEENTH with Rebecca Hall

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join P&P Live! for a discussion of Annette Gordon-Reed’s latest book, On Juneteenth, with Rebecca Hall.

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This event is presented in partnership with The New Republic.

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

Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenthprovides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.

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. Gordon-Reed won sixteen book prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 and the National Book Award in 2008, for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

Gordon-Reed will be in conversation with Rebecca Hall J.D. PhD , a scholar, activist, and educator. She is the the author of the forthcoming graphic memoir WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-led Slave Revolts ,out June 1st, based on her American Historical Association award winning article on women and slave revolts, titled Not Killing Me Softly: African American Women, Slave Revolts, and Historical Constructions of Racialized Gender. She writes and publishes on the history of race, gender, law and resistance as well as on climate justice and intersectional feminist theory.


May 26
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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