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Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation: Books, e-Books, Scholarly articles

Resources on the Juneteenth celebration and the Emancipation Proclamation

Books, E-books and Scholaly articles

These resources are available at the HL Library or through the Bowdoin network to current students, faculty and staff. 
Other resources on the Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation are available by searching OneSearch.


  • Cooper, Floyd. Juneteenth for Mazie. North Mankato, Minnesota: Picture Window Books, a Capstone imprint, 2015.
    A children’s book about a girl who learns what freedom really means about how her ancestors celebrated their true freedom.

  • Wiggins, William H. O Freedom! Afro-American Emancipation Celebrations. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987.
    O Freedom! traces the differences in name, date of observance, and traditions of the local freedom celebrations, and discusses regional similarities of “Emancipation Day” holidays.

Scholarly articles

  • Garrett-Scott, Shennette, Rebecca Cummings Richardson, and Venita Dillard-Allen. “‘When Peace Come’: Teaching the Significance of Juneteenth.” Black History Bulletin 76, no. 2 (2013): 19–25.
    An expanded historical background, meaning, and memorializing the celebration.

  • Wiggins, William H. “Juneteenth: A Red Spot Day on the Texas Calendar.” Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore.” UNT Digital Library. University of North Texas Press, 1996. United States - Texas. (Open access)
    See also O Freedom, under Books.


  • Baker, Bruce E., and Brian Kelly, eds. After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South. New Perspectives on the History of the South. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013.

  • Carnahan, Burrus M. Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War. Electronic resource. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

  • Regosin, Elizabeth Ann, and Donald Robert Shaffer, eds. Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files. Electronic resource. New York: New York University Press, 2008.

  • Rodriguez, Junius P., ed. Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World. Electronic resource. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2007.

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