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Features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history and focused on six different phases of Black Freedom: Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860), The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877), Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932), The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945), The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975), The Contemporary Era (1976-2000). This database supports a wide range of students interested in learning about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.
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