Jun 14, 2019
This is a special episode in commemoration of Juneteenth. The Emancipation Proclamation came into effect for persons enslaved in the Confederate states on January 1 1863, and was enforced throughout the south in April of 1865. Texas being isolated did not receive word until Union troops arrived in Galveston in June. On June 19th 1865, Union General Gordon Granger announced the emancipation order for slaves being held in Texas. Juneteeth also know as Freedom day is an American holiday in commemoration.
For this episode, we have selected four graphic novels of telling stories of Black people enslaved in the south. The first two, The Hammer and The Anvil and The Life of Fredrick Douglass tell the story of Fredrick Douglass, on as more of a history and the other in more narrative form. The Hammer and The Anvil also has the story of Abraham Lincoln in parallel to that of Douglass. The third book, The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft, is a account for young readers of Ellen and William's escape to freedom. The final book, a work of fiction, is the graphic adaptation of award winning science fiction author Octavia E. Butler's book Kindred. Kindred is a book about a woman from 1976 being pulled back in time to the time of slavery due to a connection with one of her ancestors.
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Robyn McGlotten & Tracy Holt