Juneteenth: An American History through Maps

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An interactive website traces the history of Juneteenth celebrations from their origin in Galveston, Texas, on June 19th to the present day.  Using interactive maps, learners can find information about the African-American population distribution in 1840 and 1920. Another interactive map details how Juneteenth is now celebrated in cities across the country. In addition, a video recounts Abraham Lincoln's motives in issuing and signing the proclamation. A valuable resource for any discussion of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Juneteenth.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research the current state of the law establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday
  • Assign the resource as homework and have learners record questions and comments to share with the whole class
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners must have access to devices with internet
  • Includes links to a history of slavery, to Civil War facts, and to how Juneteenth is treated in the media
  • The video about the history of the term is not available