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We tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution isolated in time, divorced from later success. This robs millions who suffered bondage their full legacy. Expansion of slavery in the first 8 decades after U.S. independence drove U.S. evolution & modernization. Using intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, words of politicians, entrepreneurs, escaped slaves, this book offers an interpretation that forces readers to reckon with violence at the root of U.S. supremacy.

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DRED SCOTT, an Enslaved person, taken by his Master from a Slave State, into a "Free Territory", filed a suite claiming that because he had lived on 'free soil' he was entitled to his Freedom. Though the Supreme Court ruled against Scott citing that people of African descent and their descendants were not protected by the Constitution and could never be citizens and thus could not sue in federal court; the case inflamed the national debate over Slavery in the years leading up to the Civil…

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Map of slave population in southern states, compiled from 1860 census, drawn by Edwin Hergesheimer, engraved by Theodore Leonhardt, 1864

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No one can shoot themselves in the head 2 times!!! He was Murdered!!!

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Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for African Americans in 1853. This was one of the first organizations for African Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to enlist African American troops to fight in the civil war. He was also the first African American to work in the US Patent Office.

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Ellen Payne Age 88 Born in Slavery:Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’Project,1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives:A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former…

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Born in D.C. 1921 Eva Beatrice Dykes became the first black woman in the United States to complete the required coursework for a Ph.D. and the third African American woman to receive a doctoral degree. - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/dykes-eva-beatrice-1893-1986#sthash.aZZFAsCI.dpuf

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Malcolm X's daughter on Juneteenth: 'We're in denial of the African holocaust'

Malcolm X's daughter on Juneteenth: 'We're in denial of the African holocaust' . Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of civil rights activist, speaks at 17th century burial ground to remember the end of slavery in the US

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Top 10 Books for the Gilmore Girls Revival

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