Black History

Articles on the principle people and events in American Black History


What Did Martin Luther King Do?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist and pastor who promoted and organized non-violent protests. He played a pivotal role in advancing civil rights in America and has won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to fight racial inequality in a non-violent matter. Martin...

When was Martin Luther King Born?

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth date is January 15, 1929. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was known for being a very passionate civil-rights activist, who had a great impact on the relations between races in the U.S. in the 1950s. He played a great role in...

Black Peoples of America – Bibliography

Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation -Brycchan Carey Middle Passage – Dr Henrick Clarke Olaudah Equiano – Brycchan Carey Plantations – Thomas Jefferson Foundation Images – Library of Congress Jim Crow – Jim Crow Museum This article is part...
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Black Peoples of America – Civil Rights

Black Americans had to ‘fight’ for their right to equality. In the 1950s a Baptist preacher named Martin Luther King became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He believed that peaceful protest was the way forward. Some of the protests of the Civil...
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Black Peoples of America – The Ku Klux Klan

At the end of the American Civil War, slavery was abolished. Legally the former slaves were free and equal to white people. The reality was far different. The Ku Klux Klan was a white underground terrorist group. They would not accept black people as equals. Members...
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Black Peoples of America – Segregation – The Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow was a character in an old song who was revived by a white comedian called Daddy Rice. Rice used the character to make fun of black people and the way that they spoke. The term Jim Crow came to be used as an insult against black people. In a bid to stop black...

Black Peoples of America – Sharecropping

The Civil War ended in December 1865 and the slaves were free. They hoped to be treated as equal citizens, being able to vote, gain an education and live peaceably and equally with the whites. The former slaves hoped that the plantations would be divided among them so...
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Black Peoples of America – Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863)

Robert Shaw was serving as a Captain in the 2nd Massachusetts when he was asked to raise and command a regiment of black troops. This was not the first coloured regiment to be formed but it was the first to be organized in a Northern state. Shaw recruited free blacks,...

Slave Punishments in the Antebellum American South

Slave Punishments: An Overview The slavery practiced in the United States prior to the Civil War was the legal establishment of human chattel enslavement, primarily, but not exclusively, of Africans and their descendants. Chattel slavery is so named because the...

Slaves Work and Work Done By Slaves

In the antebellum American South, by law slaves had no say in what task they were required to do, as by legal definition they were considered property and afforded none of the constitution, civil, or criminal legal protections afforded to any citizen of the United...
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