Why were spirituals important to enslaved African Americans?

Answer During slavery in the 18th and 19th century American South, slaves endured harsh treatments, such as beatings for petty mistakes, rapes, separations of families and the denial of access to literacy... Read More »

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How many African-Americans were in the first African-American Senate?

Hiram Revels of Mississippi was the first and only African-American in the first African American U.S. Senate, in 1870. He was a steadfast opponent of racial segregation after the American Civil Wa... Read More »

When were African-Americans freed?

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declared slavery illegal in states in rebellion and not yet under Union Army control. The order went into effect on January 1, 1863. The 13th Amendement ... Read More »

When were blacks called African-Americans?

It was not until the late 1980s that blacks were referred to as African-Americans. This caused a lot of blacks to question, if blacks were African-American, why are whites not referred to as Europe... Read More »

When were African Americans freed in America?

Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves from the Confederate states, which Lincoln actually did not control at the time. The nation officially abolished slavery when Congress ... Read More »