On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

June 2, 2021

On June 1, the Office of Human Resources announced how staff can order the book, On Juneteenth:

To increase awareness and understanding of Juneteenth, Princeton University is offering staff the opportunity to receive a copy of Annette Gordon-Reed's new book On Juneteenth. Please utilize the online form to indicate that you are interested in receiving a copy of the book either by mail for a physical copy or an eBook to be downloaded. The deadline for ordering the book is June 18, 2021, at which time HR’s Inclusivity Resources for Employees webpage will also be updated to provide a book discussion guide for your use.   

In the book, Gordon-Reed shares the story of Juneteenth's importance to American history. Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicles, and memoir, Gordon-Reed provides a historian's view of the country's long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the hardships that African-Americans have faced since. Gordon-Reed herself is a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s.

The book is being offered in alignment with the University’s decision to observe Juneteenth annually as an official University holiday beginning this year. The recognition of the Juneteenth holiday is one of many initiatives underway at Princeton to support racial equity. Information about those commitments can be found on the University’s website story, and on the website dedicated to racial equity at Princeton. We encourage each of you to be an active participant in this important work. Please refer to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity or the Office of Human Resources for additional information.