Joy Keys chats with Author/Lawyer/Historian Annette Gordon-Reed
Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys
Though best known as a Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning historian (for The Hemingses of Monticello), Annette Gordon-Reed is also a proud Texas native and descendant of Texas slaves, for whom the story of Juneteenth has special resonance.In ON JUNETEENTH, Gordon-Reed combines her own scholarship with a personal and intimate reflection of an overlooked holiday that has suddenly taken on new significance in a post-George Floyd world.As Gordon-Reed writes, “It is staggering that there is no date commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.” Yet, Texas—the last state to free its slaves—has long acknowledged the moment on June 19, 1865, when US Major General Gordon Granger proclaimed from his headquarters in Galveston that slavery was no longer the law of the land. ON JUNETEENTH takes us beyond the stories of Gordon-Reed’s childhood, providing a Texan’s view of the long, non-traditional road to a national recognition of the holiday.
Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. She also is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, winner […]
Annette Gordon-Reed's New Ode To The Emancipation Celebration
On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, TX, declaring that all slaves were free, two months after General Robert E Lee had surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S Grant in Appomattox, VA. Tom's guest on this archive edition of Midday is the author and historian Annette Gordon Reed. She has written a beautiful peroration about the meaning of the holiday that marks the anniversary of that event. It is at once an homage to her home state of Texas, and a wholly original and fascinating exploration of how history and legend and myth all shape what we learn when we’re young, how our understanding evolves as we grow older, and how social dynamics inform the evolution of societal understanding as well. Professor Reed writes with erudition and grace, authority and humility, weaving a touching personal memoir into the stark reality of a harsh historical record. The book is called On Juneteenth. Annette Gordon Reed and Tom spoke about it on June 11th. Because the interview was pre-recorded, we couldn't take any calls or comments. Annette Gordon Reed joined Tom from her home in New York…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Juneteenth is a state holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slavery ended in Texas. Over the last decade, a push to make Juneteenth a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States has gained momentum. What do we know about Juneteenth and its origins? Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning historian at Harvard University and Harvard Law School, is a native Texan and she joins us to discuss the early history of Texas and the origins of the Juneteenth holiday with details from her book, On Juneteenth. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/304 Join Ben Franklin's World! Subscribe and help us bring history right to your ears! Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute The Ben Franklin's World Shop Complementary Episodes Episode 067, John Ryan Fischer, Cattle Colonialism Episode 115: Andrew Torget, The Early History of Texas Episode 117: Annette Gordon-Reed, The Life and Ideas of Thomas Jefferson Episode 139: Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery Episode 209: Considering Biography Episode 250: Virginia, 1619 Episode 281: Caitlin Rosenthal, The Business of Slavery Episode 282: Vincent Brown, Tacky’s Revolt Listen! Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Amazon Music Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App Helpful Links Join the Ben Franklin's World Facebook Group Ben Franklin’s World Twitter: @BFWorldPodcast Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter
Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Americans at the end of the Civil War, has gone from a local holiday in Texas to a national day of celebration for many Americans. In this episode we speak with legal scholar and Pulitzer Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed about her new book On Juneteenth and the ways that the holiday, her personal story and the history of the US can help us better understand the world today. Annette Gordon-Reed is Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard University, where she is also the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of history in the university’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences. You can follow her on twitter at @Agordonreed. This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher. The Road to Now is part of the Osiris Podcast Network.
Annette Gordon-Reed Explores Long Road to Juneteenth in New Memoir
On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and two months after the Confederacy surrendered, enslaved Americans in Texas were notified of the end of slavery. "On Juneteenth," the new memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed, explores the history of that event, its legacy and its influence on her own life.
THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE EMPIRE OF THE IMAGINATIONWorshipped, pilloried, and forever debated. Such is the fate of Thomas Jefferson, whose actions and ideas — more than those of any of the other Founding Fathers —still divide Americans two centuries later. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard Professor Annette Gordon-Reed extends the analysis of Jefferson in light of prevailing attitudes towards politics, slavery, genetics, and gender, thereby giving new insights into his views on Christianity, slavery, race and philosophy.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Historian Annette Gordon-Reed: Sally Hemings of Monticello
Dialogue with Marcia Franklin
Host Marcia Franklin sits down with historian and law professor Annette Gordon-Reed about her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. The book, which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, explores the complex bonds between President Thomas Jefferson and one of his slave families, the Hemingses. Using primary source documents, as well as second-hand accounts, Gordon-Reed tries to piece together the relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings, with whom most historians now believe he had as many as seven children. Hemings, a slave at Monticello, was also the half-sister of Jefferson's wife, Martha, who died when Jefferson was 39. A professor at Rutgers University and the New York College of Law at the time of the interview, Gordon-Reed is currently the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and visit the Dialogue website for more conversations that matter! Originally Aired: 12/03/2009 The interview is part of Dialogue’s series, "Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference," and was taped at the 2009 conference. Since 1995, the conference has been bringing together some of the world’s most well-known and illuminating authors to discuss literature and life.
Amanpour: Aalaya Eastmond, Alicia Garza, Lemn Sissay, Annette Gordon-Reed and Jon Meacham
Aalaya Eastmond, activist and Parkland school shooting survivor, and Alicia Garza, the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, join Christiane Amanpour to discuss the intergenerational fight for racial justice and the exhaustion of being a black woman today. Lemn Sissay, the acclaimed British poet and author of “My Name is Why,” talks candidly about his harrowing journey in search of his true identity after he was stolen from his Ethiopian birth mother in 1967. He details the racism he experienced growing up with a foster family who then rejected him after 12 years of calling him son. Then, our Walter Isaacson speaks to Pulitzer prize-winning historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Jon Meacham to unpack the contradictions of one of America’s founding fathers: Thomas Jefferson, slave owner and advocate for equality. They pick up the discussion of the moment: whether to take down statues that, for many, are symbols of oppression and embody hundreds of years of systemic racism.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy