Two and a half-years after slavery was outlawed, the news made its way to Galveston, Texas. The occasion has been a state holiday since 1980 and many cities across the country now commemorate Juneteenth. Harvard historian Annette Gordon-Reed grew up in Texas, and she joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the history of Texas exceptionalism, an economic model based on slavery and race, and the legacy that remains today. Her book is called “On Juneteenth.”
This episode first aired June 4, 2021.