Annette Gordon-Reed’s Surprising Recollections of Texas

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By H.W. Brands

By Annette Gordon-Reed

Almost every memoir could fairly be subtitled “The Education of. …” Some explicitly embrace the formulation; “The Education of Henry Adams” is the second most influential memoir in American letters, after Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. “On Juneteenth,” Annette Gordon-Reed’s insightful, often touching reflection on the Black experience in Texas, starting with her own, lands between these two: less arch than Adams, more historical than Franklin.

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