Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-fire, he escaped began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. By 1860, he was living in Denver became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, jobs to escaped free Black Americans.
Women in the War Industry Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment. This woman worked at the Long…
In 1936, Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin, intending for them to be a showcase of Aryan supremacy. American Jesse Owens shattered that goal when he won four gold medals in track & field. No drama, just excellence.
January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. [Written on the back of this 1860s photograph] : "...Oh, let me live in Freedom's Land, or die if still a slave....". SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900