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From Emancipation to Jim Crow: A Political History

1860 : Republican Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. South Carolina secedes from the Union, followed by the other slaveholding states. All the New England states except Connecticut already have abolished slavery; other states, for example Illinois, ban it in their constitutions. 
1861: President Lincoln declares the Southern states to be in rebellion and raises an army....


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Hiram Revels: America's First Black Senator

At a time when the country was recovering from the bloodiest war in its history, Revels (1822-1901), the son of a free Black man and an enslaved Black woman, became the first African American to be a United States senator – from the state of Mississippi, no less. He was elected by an overwhelming majority of the Mississippi state Senate – the way U.S. senators were elected at the time – on Feb. 25, 1870, after arguments....


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Blackpast.org Builds a Historical Database

Established one year ago by University of Washington Professor Quintard Taylor and other volunteers, Black Past.org has emerged as one of the leading Web sites on the Internet on all aspects of African American history. The Web site presents history content to the general public in a highly interactive and accessible format. Our Web site of more than 2,000 pages is free and ungated, and is available every day of the year. 
BlackPast.org was launched on Feb. 1, 2007; in that year over 455,000 people visited the Web site seeking information on African America.  These visitors came from 104 nations around the world.  In the first 50 days of 2008, BlackPast.org has generated 133,000 visits. ...


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The Congressional Black Caucus

The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization of African American members of the Congress of the United States. First founded in 1969 as the  "Democratic Select Committee," by a group of Black legislators —  Shirley Chisholm, William L. Clay Sr., George W. Collins, John Conyers, Ronald Dellums, Walter Fauntroy, Augustus F. Hawkins, Ralph Metcalfe, Parren Mitchell, Robert Nix,  Charles Rangel, and Louis Stoke—in 1971 the group renamed itself the Congressional Black Caucus. ...


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After Years, NW African American Museum Opens

After nearly a generation, a community-wide dream has finally become a reality.
The grand opening of the Northwest African American Museum will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m Saturday, March 8 in the former Coleman School, located at 2300 S. Massachusetts St., in Seattle's Central District.
The celebration kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free public tours, live music, children's art activities and more. Some of the dignitaries slated to attend are Mayor Greg Nickels, King County Executive Ron Sims and Sen. Jim McDermott. Joyce Taylor, anchor from KING 5 TV, will emcee the event.....

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