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Little Known Stories of Blacks and the Civil War Lincoln Proposed Help for Freed Blacks Wishing to Leave the U.S. By Dr. Frank Smith Did you know that when President Lincoln issued the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery, it included a proposal to pay loyal slave owners for their slaves and a proposal to provide federal help for newly freed ... Read More »

Slavery in America


Ebony & Ivy Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities “Ebony & Ivy… delivers a groundbreaking and incendiary exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, race, and higher education… Many of America’s revered colleges and universities… Harvard, Yale, and Princeton… were drenched in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color… Money from the ... Read More »

6 Common Misconceptions About the Enslavement of African People

Arab Slave Trade - African enslavement under Islam

The Beginning of the Slave Trade I came across this article in the “In The News” section of BlackHistoryMonth2014. It was published in the AtlantaBlackStar. I decided to curate it here because it may have gone unnoticed on the site. Moreover, it brought back to memory the many lectures I’ve reviewed by Dr. John Henrik Clarke in which he described ... Read More »


Amistad Mutiny

Amistad Mutiny In January 1839, 53 African natives were kidnapped from eastern Africa and sold into the Spanish slave trade. They were then placed aboard a Spanish slave ship bound for Havana, Cuba Once in Havana, the Africans were classified as native Cuban slaves and purchased; 49 males for $450 each by two Spaniards, Don Jose Ruiz and Don Pedro Montez. ... Read More »

Reparations To Haiti|Britain’s Black Debt

reparations to Haiti

Haiti Reparations Britain’s Black Debt Buy this book at our Bookstore Since the mid-nineteenth-century abolition of slavery, the call for reparations for the crime of African enslavement and native genocide has been growing. In the Caribbean, grassroots and official voices now constitute a regional reparations movement. While it remains a fractured, contentious and divisive call, it generates considerable public interest, ... Read More »

The Colfax Massacre|A War of Races

Colfax Massacre 1873

The Colfax Massacre 1873 April 13, 1873, witnessed the Colfax Massacre, the most dramatic example of anarchy that reigned throughout much of rural Louisiana, during Reconstruction. With federal troops, numbering well under 2,000, unable to establish order, many white parishioners refused to pay taxes or otherwise recognize the authority of the state government. The situation worsened with the formation of ... Read More »

The African American Soldier

black confederate soldiers,

Black Confederate Soldiers Andrew and Silas Chandler, Co. F, 44th Mississippi Infantry  posing with D-Guard This page is in tribute of these brave Slaves and Freemen of Color who supported and fought for the Confederate States of America, and believed in the cause of Southern Independence. It has been estimated that over 65,000 Southern blacks were in the Confederate ranks. ... Read More »

Slavery in America|Port Royal Experiment

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Posters Port Royal Experiment The Port Royal Experiment was a program begun during the American Civil War in which former slaves successfully worked on the land abandoned by plantation owners. In 1861 the Union liberated the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and their main harbor, Port Royal. The white residents fled, leaving behind 10,000 black slaves. Several ... Read More »

Reparations|40 Acres and a Mule


 So Where’s My Forty Acres and a Mule? The phrase Forty Acres and a Mule described a promise many freed slaves believed the U.S. government had made at the end of the Civil War. A rumor spread throughout the South that land belonging to plantation owners would be given to former slaves so they could set up their own farms. ... Read More »

History of African Americans


A Slave Named Gordon Many of us have often seen this emphasis picture of the slave with the many scars on his back that depicts the atrocities that many slaves endured at the hands of slave masters. Have you ever wondered who this nameless person was, or what the story of his life might have been? Well, let me introduce ... Read More »

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