Biographies of African Americans
By Femi Lewis, About.com Guide
Colonial and Antebellum Eras
African Americans in the colonial and antebellum eras of US history struggled for their freedom in an emerging and new nation--a society that celebrated equality and liberty while at the same time becoming ever more dependent on the institution of slavery.
In the late 19th and 20th centuries, prominent African Americans fought for civil rights and helped create the distinctive culture of the United States.