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by Ralph Ellison

From the publisher: "In Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, Adam Sunraider, a race-baiting senator from a New England state, is mortally wounded by an assassin's bullet while making a speech on the Senate floor. To the shock of all who think they know him, Sunraider calls out from his deathbed for Hickman, an old black minister, to be brought to his side. The Reverend summoned; the two are left alone. Out of their conversation, and the inner rhythms of memories whose weight has been borne in silence for many long years, a story emerges. For this United States senator, once known as Bliss, was raised by Reverend Hickman in a religion- and music-steeped black community not unlike Ralph Ellison's own childhood home. He was brought up to be a preaching prodigy in a joyful black Baptist ministry that traveled throughout the South and the Southwest. Together one last time, the two men retrace the course of their shared life in "an anguished attempt," Ellison once put it, "to arrive at the true shape and substance of a sundered past and its meaning." In the end the two men arrive at their most painful memories, memories that hold the key to understanding the mysteries of kinship and race that bind them, and to the senator's confronting how deeply estranged he has become from his true identity."

Characters: Bliss, Hickman, Movie Man, Sunraider, Sister Georgia

Critical sites about Juneteenth

Ellison's second act, visible at last
http://www.seattleweekly.com/arts/9922/books-lightfoot.php
Lengthy critical review of Ellison's novel, Juneteenth.
Contains: Review, Content Analysis, Plot Summary
Author: Judy Lightfoot
From: Seattle Weekly June 3-9, 1999
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Other (non-critical) sites about Juneteenth

Books of the Times: Juneteenth
http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/05/23/daily/052599ellison-book-review.html
A New York Times review of the work.
Contains: Review
Author: Michiko Kakutani
From: New York Times May 25, 1999
Author: Michiko Kakutani
From: New York Times May 25, 1999
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The calculus of 'Juneteenth'
http://www.seattleweekly.com/arts/9922/books-lightfoot.php
Interview with the editor of Juneteenth, John Callahan.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Judy Lightfoot
From: Seattle Weekly June 3-9, 1999
Author: Judy Lightfoot
From: Seattle Weekly June 3-9, 1999
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Unfinished Business
http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/06/20/reviews/990620.20menandt.html
Another New York Times review of the work.
Contains: Review
Author: Louis Menand
From: New York Times June 20, 1999
Author: Louis Menand
From: New York Times June 20, 1999
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