African American History

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  • 12 Years a Slave: In 1841, Solomon Northup (a free black living in Saratoga) is betrayed, sold to a Southern plantation owner and spends 12 years as a slave before he is rescued.

  • 1860 Secession from the Union?: Standard 8-4:4 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the multiple events that led to the Civil War

  • 1863 DRAFT RIOTS: For nearly a week in July 1863, New Yorkers riot against the Conscription Law.

  • 42 - Jackie Robinson: On the 15th of April, 1947, Jackie Robinson made history when he broke the color-barrier in major league baseball.

  • 54th Massachusetts Attacks Ft. Wagner: Fort Wagner was the garrison protecting the port of Charleston, South Carolina, at the beginning of America's Civil War.

  • Abolishing the Slave Trade - William Wilberforce: After trying, for nearly two decades, to abolish the slave trade, William Wilberforce finally convinces Parliament to do the right thing on February 23, 1807.

  • ABOLITIONIST LITERATURE: Douglass is not the only one speaking out and writing against slavery; even children's books condemn it.

  • A CHILD SLAVE: Slave children like Fred had little clothing or food, no bedding, no education, and saw frequent and bloody beatings.

  • AFRICA, BEFORE SLAVERS: Africa has a rich history and culture before European slave traders arrive and begin to capture slaves.

  • African-American Cowboys in Texas: In a little-known part of American history, African-American cowboys made-up nearly 25% of all Texas cowboys after the end of the U.S. Civil War.

  • African-American Escapees Approach Union Lines:

  • Amazing Grace: On May 12, 1789 William Wilberforce chided fellow members of the British Parliament with these words: ''You can look the other way, but you can no longer say you didn't know'' (about the slave trade)...

  • AMAZING GRACE: John Newton wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace" years after a dangerous sea voyage.

  • AMERICA and HER COWBOYS: Part of the fabric of American life, cowboys have been the subject of books, movies and other romanticized tales. In reality, the life of an American cowboy meant really hard and lonely work for not m...

  • America's Deadliest Train Wreck: Just weeks after the Great Circus Train Wreck of 1918, America's deadliest train disaster occurs near Nashville, Tennessee. More than 100 people are killed as two trains collide, head-on, at Dutchman'...

  • Amistad Incident: Kidnapped Africans, on board La Amistad, do not consider themselves slaves and revolt. Not long thereafter they are captured and put on trial.

  • Amistad - Kidnapped People "Rise Up":

  • AMPUTEE DIVER: Completing all the physical tasks required, Brashear becomes the Navy's first amputee diver.

  • AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: Disregarding death threats due to his race, Brashear graduates from diving school.

  • ANNA MURRAY DOUGLASS: Anna and Douglass help escaping slaves on the Underground Railway and publish his abolitionist newspaper North Star.

  • ANTI-BUSING PROTESTS: Blacks are in favor of forced busing to get educational equality, but whites protest.

  • Antwone Fisher: Despite growing up in foster care, Antwone Fisher becomes a successful Hollywood writer.

  • ANTWONE TODAY: Fisher authors his own life's story and screen play.

  • A Plan for Freedom: One of Bass' letters reaches the right people in the North. Henry Northup makes a plan to free Platt (Solomon Northup).

  • Arthur Ashe Courage Award: In the spirit of Arthur Ashe's humanitarian efforts, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award was born.

  • A SHAMEFUL LEGACY: With the blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, the South continues to legally practice racial inequality as a way of life.

  • A TERRIBLE TIME: A former slave named Sarah Gudger tells of the things she experienced in her 121 years of life.

  • A WALKING PRESSURE COOKER: Although Antwone Fisher is not a juvenile delinquent, he spends time in the George Junior Republic reform school in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

  • BAD DECISIONS MAKE BAD LAW: Though African Americans were free, after the Civil War, the U.S. federal government (including the federal courts) allows the practice of racial segregation to continue for nearly 80 years.

  • BASEBALL'S COLOR LINE: Jackie plays for the Kansas City Monarchs; African-American baseball players face discrimination in every town.

  • Bass Helps Platt (Solomon Northup): Risking his own life, Bass agrees to write letters for Platt (Solomon Northup), alerting people in the North that he is wrongfully being held as a slave near Marksville, Louisiana.

  • BASS REEVES in ACTION: Although he is little-celebrated in the 21st century, Baas Reeves was a giant of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. An African-American U.S. Deputy Marshal, in Indian Territory, he arrested more ...

  • Bass Reeves - Oath of Office as U.S. Deputy Marshal: Bass Reeves was one of 200 Deputy U.S. Marshals appointed to help Judge Isaac C. Parker.

  • BASS REEVES - U.S. DEPUTY MARSHAL: Born a slave, Bass Reeves ran away from slavery during America's Civil War. He fled to Indian Territory (today's Oklahoma) where he learned five Native-American languages.

  • Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Becomes a 4-Star General: Twenty-eight years after he retired from active duty, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., becomes a 4-star General of the U.S. Air Force.

  • Benjamin O. Davis, Jr - Tuskegee Airmen Leader: Colonel Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. was commander of the 332nd Fighter Group, composed entirely of Tuskegee Airmen. The character of Colonel A.J. Bullard, in theRed Tailsfilm, is based on Davis.

  • BLACK MAIDS and WHITE CHILDREN: Black maids raise white children as their own but are still treated as inferiors.

  • BRANCH RICKEY MAKES A CHANGE: Branch Rickey wants a Black man to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers; he selects Jackie Robinson to become the first Black player in Major League baseball.

  • BREAKING the COLOR LINE: In 1946, Jackie Robinson agrees not to fight the discrimination he will face as the first Black baseball player; he earns his team's respect.

  • BREAKING THE RULES: The Navy plans to retire Brashear from active duty, but he endorses his own orders to go back to diving school.

  • Britton Johnson - A Legendary Black Cowboy: An African-American legendary cowboy, Britton Johnson was born a slave in Tennessee but became a famous cowboy in Texas. He was one of many black Texas cowboys during the 19th century.

  • Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, KS - 1954: Can black children be barred from attending publicly supported schools?

  • BUYING AND SELLING PEOPLE: After the Civil War ends, the desire to forget slavery almost causes the stories to be lost, but the government steps in.

  • Captain John Rogers, Sr. - Best Dive Bomber: John Rogers, Sr., was one of the original members of the 99th Pursuit Squadron. He was well-known for his outstanding ability as a dive bomber.

  • CAPTURED AGAIN: The U.S. Washington recaptures the Amistad captives when their ship is in New York waters.

  • Celia, A Slave: In the 1850s, laws protecting citizens do not apply to slaves because they do not have the same rights as white citizens.

  • CELIA IS EXECUTED: Without justice or due process, Celia is hanged on December 21, 1855 for murdering her rapist and owner.

  • Challenger Disaster: January 28th is the 31st anniversary of Challenger's loss. Christa McAuliffe is selected to be the first teacher to fly in space aboard the Challenger. Planning to teach lessons to American school chi...

  • Civil Rights Act - 1875:

  • Civil Rights and a Bulldozer Disaster: Religious leaders in Cleveland protest the buidling of a segregated school, but a deadly accident fails to stop its construction.

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