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African American History

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=== Background ===
African American history is the portion of American history that specifically discusses the African American or Black American ethnic group in the United States. Most African Americans are the descendants of African slaves held in the United States from 1619 to 1865. Others who are considered African American by the US government include voluntary immigrants from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. African American history is celebrated in the United States during Black History Month.
Despite all this, Africans and African Americans after them have risen above the positions to which they had been relegated. They created poetry, drama, literature, and film, they sang the blues, they invented jazz, and they fought for justice and equality.
=== Time Line ===
*'''1619''' - first African slaves brought to Virginia
For more information, see [ Timeline of African-American history].
=== Statistics ===
In 1820, there were 1,528,038 black slaves in the United States. In 1860, there were 3,953,760.<ref>William O. Lynch, "The Westward Flow of Southern Colonists before 1861," ''The Journal of Southern History,'' Vol. 9, No. 3 (Aug. 1943):324. Digital version at [ JSTOR] ($).</ref>
=== Websites ===
*[ Black History: &nbsp;Chronological Topics] (NARA)
*[ Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice]
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*[ Black Americans in Congress 1870-1989], By Bruce A. Ragsdale, Joel D. Treese (Google Books)
*[ Lynching in America], interactive website with stories and maps of lynchings in the United States 1877-1950
== References ==
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