Written by Annette Gordon-Reed
Genre: History, Nonfiction, Memoir, Race, Essays
Original Language: English
Read from 2021-06-21 to 2021-06-21
Read in English
Review: On Juneteenth is a collection of essays, whereof one is entitled “On Juneteenth”. This made me go into the book with the wrong expectations: I had expected a book about Juneteenth in particular. This book is more general, and about the history of African-Americans in Texas.
I’m still too ignorant of the history of Texas to fully appreciate much of the historical commentary in this book. It challenges and comments upon accepted/conventional presentations of history in a space where I’m not familiar with the history that’s being commented on, so I’m sure parts of it were lost on me. That said, the history presented in the book is still interesting, and I definitely feel like I learnt a lot from reading it.
The personal experiences of the author really hit home with me. The essay on school segregation was fascinating, and the way personal experiences were tied into the wider issue really made it feel real and nuanced in a way I haven’t seen before.