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Robert Smalls a slave and his brave crew faced perhaps their greatest danger, while escaping slavery the guns of Fort Sumter. Smalls knew the secret signal, and as he passed the boat directly under its walls, he gave the usual signal & two long pulls and a jerk at the whistle-cord and she safely passed the Sumter Guards. Steering a Confederate warship directly at the Union Fleet. He had planned for this danger well, and he hoisted the white flag of surrender click on his picture for his…

William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919) was a late 19th Century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859 and spent his life at sea. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885.

A boy left his bike chained to a tree when he went away to war in 1914. He never returned. The bike grew to be part of the tree---a memorial to his courage and service to our country.

Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-five, he escaped and began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.By 1860, he was living in Denver and became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, and barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, and jobs to escaped and free African Americans.

Captain Robert Prince - Served in WWII as a captain in the US Army's elite 6th Ranger Battalion and was chosen to plan and carry out the rescue at the Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines (The Great Raid) where 522 pows were liberated. Prince went on to earn the rank of Major and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. He was admitted to West Point in 1858, where he graduated last in his class. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War, all potential officers were needed. He fought in the First Battle of Bull Run. His association with several important officers helped his career, as did his success as a highly effective Cavalry commander. At the conclusion of the…

Netflix List for American History #homeschool Ha...who am I kidding? I'm pinning this list for ME! :-)

from NPR.org

'The Forgotten Hero' Of The Civil Rights Movement

'The Forgotten Hero' Of The Civil Rights Movement A century before the civil rights protests in Selma and Birmingham, a 27-year-old African-American named Octavius Catto led the fight to desegregate Philadelphia's horse-drawn streetcars. He did it in 1866 with the help of other prominent activists, including Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass.