African-American Culture, 1850-1990 Essay by The Research Group

African-American Culture, 1850-1990
A look at issues such as slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, employment, economics, politics, legal status, migration, leaders, education and class.
# 14014 | 1,800 words | 10 sources | 1999 | US

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"Slavery was a defining event in the history of African-Americans, an institution, which has left its legacy on successive generations. Most slaves lived under brutal and inhumane conditions. Besides being denied their humanity and treated as property, society often stripped the slave of his or her culture and heritage. After slavery ended, African-Americans faced both subtle and open discrimination in housing, education, and employment. Despite these obstacles, they have made monumental contributions to American culture. A determined spirit to survive and succeed is at the foundation of African-American culture today.

An examination of African-American culture from 1850-1990 begins with blacks still in slavery. Although the slave trade was outlawed in 1807, slavery itself existed until the 1860s..."

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