The following is a partial list of resources used to create Juneteenth University’s textbook, Juneteenth 101: Popular Myths and Forgotten Facts. These recommended publications are only starting points. Reviewing them will generate questions prompting broader, fascinating research.

Nineteenth century newspapers and other records

Documents from the 1860’s are available at multiple sources. Though some resources have overlapping collections, no two sources offer identical catalogues. The following are three excellent (and free) resources:

  • Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers – A service of the Library of Congress.
  • Portal to Texas History – An amazing resource for accessing Texas newspapers.
  • National Archives and Records Administration – curator of records from the Freedmen’s Bureau.

Commercial newspaper collections are available and accessible for annual fees. Before subscribing, visit your local public library. Many public libraries offer free access to commercial newspaper collections.


  • Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore, by Francis Edward Abernethy, Patrick B. Mullen, Alan B. Govenar
  • War of the Rebellion – Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, by Robert N. Scott
  • General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind “Juneteenth”, by Robert C. Conner
  • The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois: The Story of the Twenty-Ninth U.S. Colored Infantry, by Edward A. Miller, Jr.