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Juneteenth: Getting Started

This guide provides an overview of the Juneteenth holiday, its history and significance, and resources useful in researching it. Juneteenth serves as an informal African American Independence Day.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the end of slavery in the United States.



Freely available:

"Juneteenth" (Wikipedia) 

"What is Juneteenth," by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS) 

Selected Rutgers Reference Sources (must be accessed on site or off site with a RU netid)

"Juneteenth," Cultural Studies; Holidays Around the World, 2018 

"Juneteenth," Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, 2011 


Search Tips

Juneteenth is also the title of a novel by Ralph Ellison. Researchers looking for information on Juneteenth as a historical / cultural event might want to search subject specific databases to avoid sorting through books and articles on the novel. There are subject listings on the LIbraries' database page. Some suggested databases are:

America: History & Life

Sociological Abstracts

ERIC (Education)

Business Source Premier


The Libraries have a number of newspaper databases, both individual titles like the New York Times, and collections, such as African American Newspapers. The Chicago Defender was an important news source for the African American community, and Ethnic Newswatch is a good index to a variety of ethnic publications.

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