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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.

From Slave to Adopted Godson of the Russian Emperor: The Remarkable Life of Abram Petrovich Gannibal

Abram Petrovich Gannibal was a Russian nobleman and military engineer of African descent who lived in the 18th century.

The Stono Rebellion: How Enslaved Africans Led the Largest Slave Rebellion in South Carolina in 1739

The Stono Rebellion was an uprising of enslaved Africans who were likely from the Central African Kingdom of Kongo that took place in the colony of South Carolina in September 1739

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.

Drapetomania: the Scientific Justification of Slavery and Abuse of Enslaved Africans in America

Drapetomania was a pseudoscientific theory that was used in the mid-19th century to explain why enslaved African Americans would attempt to escape slavery in the United States.

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 Christmas Rebellion of 1831: The Story of the Great Jamaican Slave Revolt

The Christmas Rebellion, also known as the Baptist War, was a slave revolt that took place in Jamaica in 1831. It is one of the largest and most significant slave revolts in history

Samuel Sharpe: The Enslaved Preacher Who Sparked a Rebellion on Christmas Day in Jamaica in 1831

Samuel Sharpe was an enslaved Jamaican who is remembered for leading a rebellion against British colonial rule on Christmas Day in 1831.
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Seriki Williams Abass: The Former Slave Who Later Became A Renowned Slave Merchant in Yorubalamd

Seriki Williams Abass was a renowned slave merchant during the 19th century and a former paramount ruler of Badagry.
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