50 Events That Shaped African American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic, 1st Edition

  • Jamie J. Wilson
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  • ISBN-10: 1440837872
  • ISBN-13: 9781440837876
  • DDC: 973
  • 872 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released November 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This encyclopedia offers a unique look at the African American experience, from the arrival of the first 20 Africans at Jamestown through the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Ferguson Protests. It illustrates subjects such as the Jim Crow period, the Brown v. Board of Education case that overturned segregation, Jackie Robinson's landmark integration of major league baseball, the challenging of stereotypes with the release of The Cosby Show, and Barack Obama’s election as president of the United States. Drawing from events spanning almost 400 years of U.S. history, the work documents the African American experience in America and showcases black people's impact on every aspect of American life. Primary sources range from excerpts of speeches given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Malcolm X to programs from the March on Washington; a newspaper article about the Emancipation Proclamation, and Tweets from the first Black Lives Matter protest.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Slavery in North America and the American Republic, 1502–1888.
1: Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1502–1888.
2: Nat Turner's Revolt, 1831.
The Antebellum Era, 1830–1860.
3: Abolitionist Movement, 1830–1860.
4: Compromise of 1850.
5: Dred Scott v. Sanford, 1857.
6: John Brown's Raid, 1859.
The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860–1877.
7: The United States Civil War, 1861–1865.
8: Reconstruction Era, 1863–1877.
9: Establishment of Black Codes, 1866.
The Nadir, 1880–1915.
10: The Exoduster Movement, 1879–1881.
11: Atlanta Compromise, 1895.
12: Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896.
The New Negro, 1915–1940.
13: Great Migration, 1910–1960.
14: The Rise and Fall of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, 1914–1940.
15: The Harlem Renaissance, 1919–1930.
16: Pan-African Congresses, 1919–1949.
17: Scottsboro Boys, 1931–1948.
Fighting for a Double Victory, 1939–1948.
18: Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, 1932–1972.
19: Jackie Robinson Integrates Major League Baseball, 1947.
20: Integration of United States Armed Forces, 1947.
The Early Civil Rights Movement, 1945–1963.
21: Freedom Rides, 1947, 1961.
22: Brown v. Board of Education, 1954.
23: The Murder of Emmett Till, 1955.
24: The Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955–1956.
25: The Founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1957.
26: Greensboro Four and the Sit-In Movement, 1960.
27: Project C: The Birmingham Campaign, 1963.
28: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963.