Black Peoples of America

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A collection of articles related to the history and culture of black peoples of America.

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Black History in the United States: Slavery, Civil Rights, Culture

Black history is the story of millions of African Americans residing in the United States who have struggled for centuries to fully claim the promises of liberty granted in the founding documents of the United States. The majority are descendants of Africans brought...

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 – 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 – 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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