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Published: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:31:03 +0000

 



3 Major Ways Slaves Showed Resistance to Slavery

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Slaves in the United States showed resistance to the oppressive system of slavery by organizing rebellions and running away from their masters.



A Timeline of 1964 and 1963 Civil Rights...

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This civil rights movement timeline covers the struggle's second phase in which nonviolent action was put to the test during the early 1960s.



Civil Rights Movement Timeline From 1951 to 1959

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This civil rights movement timeline covers the start of the racial equality fight, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Martin Luther King's rise.



How did Harriet Tubman find the courage to lead...

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A biography of Harriet Tubman, a former slave who helped over 200 others escape from slavery to the North.



How Did African-Americans Champion for Change...

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How did African-American reformers emerge in the Progressive Era? How did Ida B. Wells help establish the Anti-Lynching Campaign? Why was the NAACP founded?



What did African-Americans Achieve in the 1950s?

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African-American historical events that occurred between 1950 and 1959.



37 Events of the 1970s

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Key African-American History events occurring between 1970 and 1979.



The Civil Rights Act of 1968 and Other Key...

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This civil rights movement timeline covers the struggle's final years, including the rise of black power, the Voting Rights Act, and urban riots.



What Impact Did the Stono Rebellion Have on the...

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The Stono Rebellion was the largest slave revolt in colonial America. This profile of the rebellion outlines its causes, significance and aftermath.



Four Organizations of the Civil Rights Movement

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Four prominent civil rights organizations that helped to end segregation and Jim Crow Era laws.



Biography of Black Historian Carter G. Woodson

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This biography of historian Carter G. Woodson details how he created black studies and founded Negro History Week, today known as Black History Month.



3 Important Causes of the Red Summer of 1919

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The Red Summer of 1919 began in May and lasted until the end of October. During this time, race riots erupted in many northern cities.



African-American History Moments: 1980 to 1989

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A timeline of African-American history from 1980 to 1989



5 African-American Organizations Established...

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Five organizations established during the Progessive Era with the purpose of helping African-American achieve social equality.



How did African-American fight racial injustice...

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Key events and issues occurring between 1910 and 1919.



37 Outstanding Achievements in the 1940s

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How did African-Americans integrate the armed services? Who is the first African-American to publish a best selling novel?



27 Highlights of African-American Life in the...

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How was Kwanza established? When was Malcolm X assassinated? Why was the Poor People's Campaign established? Who was the first black Supreme Court Justice?



12 Achievements of the NAACP

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the oldest and most recognized civil rights organization in the United States.



How did Black History Month begin?

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How did Black History Month get its start?



30 Highlights in African-American History...

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How did African-Americans defy Jim Crow Era laws and the Great Depression in the 1930s?



How Did Abolitionists Fight Against Injustice...

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This is an African-American history timeline highlighting significant events between 1840 and 1849.



What did African-American achieve between 1900...

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This timeline traces important moments in African-American history between 1900 and 1909



35 Moments of the Roaring 20s

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Important events in African-American history occurring between 1920 and 1929.



Five Unforgettable Slave Rebellions

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What do rebellions prove about the plight of African-Americans before the emancipation of slavery? These five rebellions prove the desire for freedom.



The 1850s: A Turbulent Decade for African-Ameri...

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The 1850s such a turbulent decade for African-Americans. As quickly as they experienced gains in some states, others stripped them of even more rights.



The Unforgettable Jim Crow Era

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The Jim Crow Era in American society lasted from the late 1870s to 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.



How Emmett Till's Death and Open Casket Spurred...

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The Emmett Till story shocked the nation and propelled civil rights activists to take action over the black teen's racially motivated killing.



Four Top Civil Rights Speeches and Writings

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The civil rights speeches given by Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson highlight their thoughts on the fight for racial equality.



How did African-Americans begin making a voice...

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Who was the first African-American to publish a collection of poetry? Why was the African Masonic Lodge established? Why was the AME Church founded?



How did the Montgomery Bus Boycott impact the...

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Why did the Montgomery Bus Boycott begin? How long did it last? What impact did the boycott have on the Jim Crow Era?



What Were the Causes of the Great Migration of...

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The Great Migration was movement from rural southern areas to northern, Midwestern and western cities.



Why Nat Turner's Rebellion Made White...

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Nat Turner's rebellion in 1831 became one of the most memorable slave uprisings in U.S. history. It also challenged the idea that slaves were content.



Seven Black Women Who Contributed to the...

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Seven African-American women and their contributions to the anti-slavery movement.



Why was the anti-lynching movement important?

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The Anti Lynching movement was a movement aimed at abolishing the practice of lynching.



The Amazing Achievement of Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou was a prominent memorist and poet whose work encouraged Americans of all walks of life.



4 Important Men and Women of the Progressive Era

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Men and women of the Progressive Era.



Why was the AME Church established?

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What is the first African-American religious denomination​ in the U.S.? Why was the AME Church established? Who is Richard Allen?



How did Mary Mcleod Bethune remain calm and...

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Mary McCleod Bethune was a lifelong educator and civic leader.



Major Highlights, Speeches and Writings of the...

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Get acquainted with the civil rights movement with this overview of the major highlights, speeches and writings that shaped the era and modern race relations.



21 Literary Achievements of the Harlem...

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This timeline highlights significant literary works published during the Harlem Renaissance, a period lasting from 1917 to 1937.



How did Ella Baker help the Civil Rights...

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Why did Ella Baker become involved in grassroots organizing? What strategies did Ella Baker use to help members of the Civil Rights Movement?



What are the key events for the abolition...

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Who Are Six Powerful Leaders of the Civil...

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The "Big Six" is a term used to describe the six most prominent African-American leaders during the Civil



Four Initiatives Developed by W.E.B. Du Bois

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Historian, sociologist, writer, educator and sociopolitical activist, W.E.B. Du Bois fought throughout his career to uplift African-Americans through a variety of methods.



What Events in U.S. History Led to the...

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What events had to occur U.S. History for the Civil Rights Movement to develop? What organizations played a role in the development of the Civil Rights Movement?



5 African-American Women Writers

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Five African-American women writers whose work spans through colonial America through the Black Arts Movement



Who is the Father of the Underground Railroad?

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Where did writers of the Harlem Renaissance...

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How did Ida B. Wells Launch the Anti-Lynching...

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a journalist, suffragist and overall crusader for justice.



How Crispus Attucks Became a Hero During the...

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Who was Crispus Attucks? This biography of the slave-turned-sailor reveals how he became the first person to die in the 1770 Boston Massacre.



A Biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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A biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including the slain civil rights leader's childhood, education, activism and assassination.



Why is Rosa Parks Considered the Mother of the...

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With one single refusal, Rosa Parks became the mother of Civil Rights Movement.



How did Arturo Schomburg preserve African-Ameri...

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Arturo Alfonso Schomburg's collected artifacts of the African Diaspora. Today, the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Study is world renowned.



Why is Dred Scott's Case Significant to United...

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The Dred Scott case was a seminal case in United States history. Dred Scott, an enslaved man, unsuccessfully fought for his and his wife's freedom.



How was slavery established in the American...

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How did slavery become an important aspect of colonial America? What is the difference between indentured servitude and servitude for life?



5 Contributions SNCC Made to the Civil Rights...

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SNCC was established in 1960 on the campus of Shaw University as a civil rights organization.



How the Definition of African-American History...

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The definition of African-American history has evolved. This overview shows how historians have classified the field in the past and do so today.



Who are the Scottsboro Boys?

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The Scottsboro Boys were nine African-American teens who were each tried and convicted of raping two white women on a Southern railroad freight train.



How did African-American achieve greatness in...

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6 Enterprise Building African-Americans in the...

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During the Jim Crow Era, African-Americans established businesses in banking, insurance, news publishing, beauty and sports. They didn't just make a profit, they created change.



What happened in the early 1960s in black...

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What is the Black Panther Party?

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This timeline features key events of the Black Panther Party.



How Executive Order 9981 Desegregated the U.S....

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President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 in 1948, ending segregation in the U.S. military and paving the way for the civil rights movement.



How did Booker T. Washington Become an...

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Booker T. Washington was the most influential African-American leader from 1895 until his death in 1915.



Background and Impact of The Civil Rights Act...

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The fight for racial equality did not end after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted, but the law allowed activists to meet their major goals.



What five cities played an important role in...

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What five cities played an important role in the Abolition Movement?



Timeline of Brown v. Board of Education

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Why is James Weldon Johnson considered a...

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Three Achievements of Macon Bolling Allen

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Macon Bolling Allen was the first African-American licensed attorney and judge in the United States.



How did the African-American press become a...

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Why did African-Americans begin publishing their own newspapers? When did this occur? Why did publishing news throughout the United States become so important to African-Americans?



5 Men of the Harlem Renaissance

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Poets such as Countee Cullen, Arna Bontemps, Sterling Brown, Claude McKay and Langston Hughes all made significant contributions to the Harlem Renaissance.



Who was the first African-American to Win an...

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John Baxter Taylor was the first African-American to represent the United States in an international athletic competition and the first to win an Olympic gold medal



Why did African-Americans attend HBCU during...

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What historically black colleges and universities were established between 1900 and 1975? What organizations helped African-Americans attend college?



What is the oldest black college in the United...

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What was the first historically black college to be established in the United States? What organizations helped establish schools for African-Americans?



How did the abolition movement grow in the...

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The 1820s planted the seeds for the burgeoning Abolition Movement of the 1830s.



26 Events That Happened After the Civil War

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How did African-Americans become citizens? How did African-American men gain the right to vote? What HBCUs opened right after the Civil War?



How did Blacks fight oppression in the 1880s?

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Why did Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale...

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Who were prominent members of the Black Panther Party? What role did they play in the organization?



3 Philosophies of the Abolition Movement

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Abolitionists worked to end slavery. Their philosophies on how to end slavery were very different. Historian Herbert Aptheker outlines the three types of abolitionism.



Five African-American Male Writers

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Five African-American male writers who reveal importance of themes such as alienation, unity and racial pride in their work.



Who is Henry Ossawa Tanner's father?

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Benjamin Tucker Tanner was a prominent 19th Century African Methodist Episcopal bishop. He is also the father of artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.



How did the American Negro Academy Oppose...

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The American Negro Academy promoted the work of African-American scholars in the late 19th and early 20th century.



Who Popularized the term 'Talented Tenth'?

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Why was James Forten considered an influential...

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James Forten was more than a wealthy African-American. He was an abolitionist and sociopolitical activist.



How did William Wells Brown help the abolition...

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Why did William Wells Brown become an abolitionist? How did Wells Brown become the first African-American to publish a novel and a play?



Was the Niagara Movement an Innovative...

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The Niagara Movement was an organization established in 1905 by journalist William Monroe Trotter and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to fight racial injustice



How did African-Americans become educated...

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How did the Freedmen's Bureau and Freedmen's Aid Society help African-Americans achieve an education during the Reconstruction Period?



Civil Rights Hero Thurgood Marshall

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Before Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, he represented African-Americans in many landmark cases.



How did the National Negro Business League...

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Why did Booker T. Washington establish the National Negro Business League? What were the successes of the organization?



Three African-American Modern Dancers

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While Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham established modern dance techniques, Alvin Ailey, popularized modern dance with his company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.



Why did the NACW fight racism during the...

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The NACW has worked to provide social services to communities in need and end racial injustice in the United States for more than 100 years.



Why is Paul Laurence Dunbar Considered the...

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Paul Laurence Dunbar was the most prominent African-American literary figure prior to the Harlem Renaissance.



How did N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company help...

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The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded in 1898 by African-American businessman John Merrick.



What inspired John Lewis to Join the Civil...

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A Marcus Garvey Biography That Defines His...

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This Marcus Garvey biography defines the radical views he popularized after founding the UNIA and urging blacks to embrace their African heritage.



Four Pan African Leaders

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What is Pan Africanism? What African-American figures were believers in this ideology?



What contributions did Georgia Douglas Johnson...

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Georgia Douglas Johnson was a prolific poet who provided her home as a literary salon during the Harlem Renaissance



How did Jesse Owens achieve greatness at the...

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How did Jesse Owens become the first American to win four gold medals? How did Adolf Hitler feel about Owens' accomplishments?



Why was the National Council of Negro Women...

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The National Council of Negro Women was established by Mary McLeod Bethune to unite African-American women's groups and improve race relations in the United States.



Three Widows of the Civil Rights Movement

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As the widows of Civil Rights leaders, Coretta Scott King, Myrlie Evers Williams and Bettye Shabazz all fought against injustice.