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Askari: The Indigenous Soldiers of European Colonial Armies in Africa

Askaris were soldiers recruited from local populations in Africa to fight for European colonial powers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Great Slave Auction of 1859: The Largest Single Sale of Enslaved Africans in U.S History

The Great Slave Auction of 1859 also called the weeping time was a significant event in American history, as it marked the last large-scale sale of enslaved people in the United States.

British Colonies in Africa and their Dates of Independence

The years of independence for the British colonies in Africa varied, with some countries gaining independence in the 1950s and others not achieving independence until the 1980s.

Amanirenas: The One-eyed African Queen Who Defended Her Kingdom Against the Roman Empire

Queen Amanirenas was a queen of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient civilization located in what is now Sudan, during the 1st century BCE. She is known for leading her kingdom in a successful resistance against the Roman Empire during the reign of Caesar Augustus.

Samuel Burris, the Abolitionist Who Was Imprisoned for Helping Slaves Escape to Freedom in the 19th Century

Samuel D. Burris was a prominent figure in the abolitionist movement in the United States during the mid-19th century.

Remembering Heartbreak Day: The Tragedy of New Year’s Day for Slave Families in the United States

Heartbreak Day, also known as New Year's Day, was a day of great fear and sadness for many enslaved families in the United States.

The Unforgettable Legacy of Hattie McDaniel: The First Black Actress to Win an Oscar

Hattie McDaniel was a pioneering African American actress, singer, and songwriter who made history in 1940 when she became the first black person to win an Academy Award.

La Mulâtresse Solitude: the Pregnant Heroine Who Fought Against the Reintroduction of Slavery in Guadeloupe in 1802

La Mulâtresse Solitude was a former slave and one of the heroine of Guadeloupe who rebelled against the re-establishment of slavery in Guadeloupe while she was pregnant.

The History-Making Career of Jack Arthur Johnson, the First Black Heavyweight Champion of the World

Jack Arthur Johnson, also known as the "Galveston Giant," was the first black heavyweight boxing champion in the world. He made history on December 26, 1908, when he defeated Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia

The Ocoee Massacre of 1920: A Tragedy Born of a Black Man’s Quest to Vote

The Ocoee massacre of 1920 was a violent attack on the African American community in Ocoee, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 50 to 60 black Americans.

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