What to read for Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is also called Emancipation Day or Juneteenth Independence Day. The name “Juneteenth” references the date of the holiday, combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.” Here are some vital reads to learn about this important issue.

πŸ“š The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

πŸ“š Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel

πŸ“š Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

πŸ“š On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

πŸ“š They Were Her Property by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

πŸ“š Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

πŸ“š The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

πŸ“š My Vanishing Country by Bakari Sellers

πŸ“š We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

πŸ“š Black Pain by Terrie Williams

πŸ“š The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

πŸ“š Here I Stand by Paul Robeson

πŸ“š The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

πŸ“š The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward

πŸ“š Mirror to America by John Hope Franklin

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Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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