By Femi Lewis
- Enslaved Yet Fighting for Freedom
- African-Americans and the Reconstruction Period
- African-Americans and the Progressive Era
Enslaved Yet Fighting for Freedom
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.
From the moment enslavement began, so did abolitionism. Black and white, men and women worked tirelessly through the abolition movement to end slavery.
African-Americans and the Reconstruction Period
Newly freed African-Americans began to establish themselves in U.S. Society. During the Reconstruction Period, several African-American leaders in the political and social arenas.
African-Americans and the Progressive Era
During the Progressive Era, African-American leaders emerged to fight racial inequalities in U.S. Society. While some, fought with education, others worked with civic groups to create resources for everyday men and women.
- Booker T. Washington
- Ida B. Wells-Barnett
- W.E.B. Du Bois: Innovative Activist
- William Monroe Trotter: An Uncompromising Agitator
The Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance, also known as the New Negro Movement, began in 1917 and lasted until 1937. This was the first full-scale artistic movement for African-Americans.
- Countee Cullen
- Claude McKay: Proletariat Poet
- Jessie Redmon Fauset: Harlem Renaissance Editor and Writer
- Zora Neale Hurston: Folklorist and Novelist
- Alain Leroy Locke: Advocate for African-American Artists
The Civil Rights Movement
The Modern Civil Rights Movement was a remarkable moment in American History. The Civil Rights Movement helped change segregation laws and most importantly, the mindset of Americans.
Everyday People Making History
Everyday citizens catapulted social, political and civil rights leaders to success. Without the actions of everyday people, there would be no history.