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Fri, 04.12.1861 story

The American Civil War Begins

On this date in 1861, the Civil War began. This war is also referred to as “The War Between the States”, “The War of Rebellion”, or “The War for Southern Independence.”

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Fri, 05.31.1861 story

The American Civil War, a Summary!

The American Civil War, waged from 1861 to 1865, is remembered on this date.

Before and during the Civil War, the North and South differed greatly on economic issues. The war was about slavery, but primarily about its economic consequences. The northern elite wanted economic expansion that would change the southern (slave-holding) way of life.

The southern states saw Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans making enormous changes to their way of life using free slave labor. Southerners believed that Abraham Lincoln, if elected, would restrict their rights to own slaves.

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Thu, 05.23.1861 story

Confederate Contraband, and the American Civil War, a story

*Confederate slave contraband and the American Civil War are affirmed on this date in 1861. On that date, Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory, and James Townsend were Black field hands who were owned by Charles Mallory rowed across the James River in Virginia and claimed asylum in a Union-held citadel. Fort Monroe, Va., a fishhook-shaped spit of land […]

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Mon, 03.16.1891 story

Black History and American College Basketball 🏀, a story

*With March Madness beginning, on this date we remember African Americans in the history of American college basketball.

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Wed, 07.11.1877 story

McCants Stewart, Lawyer born

McCants Stewart was born on this date in 1877. He was an African American lawyer.

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Fri, 05.22.1863 story

The First Colored Troop Units are Established by the United States War Dept.

On this date in 1863 in North Carolina, the United States Department of War established the Bureau of Colored Troops, to help the Union Army fight the Civil War.

Regiments of colored troops from all states of the nation were reorganized into what became known as the United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Blacks have a rich history in United States military, and this was one of the first authorized attempts by the Federal government to enlist former slaves in the defense of the Union. The policy was innovative, new, and controversial with varying degrees of success.

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Sun, 05.29.1785 story

Black History and American Architecture, a story

On this date, we celebrate African American architecture. Blacks have been involved in building and architecture since the colonial era of America.

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Tue, 06.13.1600 story

The Banjo’s African, and African American Heritage, a story

*The Banjo’s African American Heritage is celebrated on this dates Registry. Since Caribbean Blacks created the banjo in the 17th century and carried it to North America in the 18th century, the banjo has been part of African American heritage. An African New World combination of European and African elements, early banjos resembled plucked full spike folk lutes like the akonting of Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau and the bunchundo of Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

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Thu, 07.04.1776 story

The American Declaration of Independence is Adopted

On this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. This document affected Blacks in two significant ways distinct from other U.S. citizens:

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Sat, 07.22.1967 story

The First Black Power Conference of Newark is Held

On this date we mark the assembly in Newark of the first Black Power Conference. In the tradition of the antebellum African American convention movement and the early Pan-African congresses, the National Conference on Black Power was a gathering of more than 1,000 delegates representing 286 organizations and institutions from 126 cities in 26 states, Bermuda, and Nigeria.

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