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African American History

African American History - A frican Americans have endured...

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African Americans have endured so much over the centuries. We have come a long way as a race. Beaten, battered and bruised unloved sometimes left to die, but in the words of Mia Angelo, “Still I Rise.” African Americans experienced all types of oppression in just about every aspect of life. For generations African Americans labored against their will on sugar, cotton, rice and tobacco plantations. African Americans left to their own devices without land, money, or any education. The 1800’s and early 1900’s were particularly oppressive years. Their rights were stripped away and violence happened too frequently but as always African Americans survived. During the 1800’s they were not allowed the right to buy land, get an education and of course they had no money because they worked as slaves. In the 1862-1880 the importance of change brought by emancipation can scarcely be exaggerated. While the African Americans were denied the opportunity to participate in the political arena, own property and receive an education and enter into a free contractual arrangement with employers. The Emancipation Proclamation was created by Abraham Lincoln who was the president of the United States. This opened up a lot of doors for the African American as well as caused some problems, especially in the areas of education In the early 1950’s racial segregation in public schools was normal across America. Although all schools in a given district were suppose to be equal, most black schools were far inferior to their white counterparts. For example has anyone heard of the Brown vs. Board of Education
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Case? This case was about a black third –grader named Linda Brown who had to walk one mile through a railroad switchyard to get to go to her black elementary school, even though the white elementary school was only seven blocks. Mr. Oliver Brown, Linda’s father tried to enroll his daughter in the white school, but the Principal refused. He went to the NAACP for help with other parents standing behind him as well; he was able to file a low suite against the Board of Education.
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