Evolution of African American History

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    The start and end of slavery

    Slavery started in the year 1619 and became essential to the economy of the south. Through the growing industries of cotton and tobacco production, more slave labor was utilized. It was not until 1865 that slavery had officially ended.
  • Civil war

    Civil war
    The civil war was caused by the disagreement unsettled by the north and south in regards to slavery and expansion of new regions.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    On this date, the emancipation proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln stating that all persons being held by their owners were freed.
  • Jim Crow Laws Began

    Jim Crow Laws Began
    Jim crow laws or black codes were a set of laws that kept the freed African Americans as second-class citizens. These laws stopped them from owning land, voting, etc.
  • The end of the war

    The end of the war
    The North claims its victory!
  • Ida B Wells

    Ida B Wells
    An African American female activist who was notoriously known for her refusal to move to the back of the train after purchasing a ticket for the first-class seats. She ended up taking it to court and suing for the mistreatment and won!
  • Jackie Robinson

    Jackie Robinson
    Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball on a white team. He broke the barrier for African Americans to be able to play sports with white people, professionally at that.
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    Civil rights movement

    The civil rights movement was a large portion of African American history and shaped America we have today. During this movement, African Americans underwent numerous trials and tribulations when it came to fighting for their rights as human beings. It fought against the segregation laws and the injustice received at the hands of white Americans. It sparked a whole new revolution of peaceful protest, some riots, and marches.
  • Little Richard

    Little Richard
    He was known to have broken musical barriers during the civil rights error where it was illegal for white people and black people to mingle in the same area. He started a whole new era for future musicians
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Martin was a large figure during the civil rights movements. He was one of the more peaceful demanders and help lead marches that would forever go down in history as the most famous. He spoke out to void segregation and end racism.
  • Black Panther Party

    Black Panther Party
    The black panther party was a political group of African American men and women who came together to fight against police brutality in the '60s against African Americans. They also formed areas of black success such as schools, stores, clubs, etc. Fun fact: They were founded on my birthday!!!
  • Current day

    Current day
    Even through the 300+ years of brutality, injustice, enslavement, beatings, killings, etc. We are still fighting for our place in society each and every day. We are still protesting, marching, speaking out, using our voices to finally get our rightfully earned spot in this society. We may not have gotten there yet, but a change will come.