The African American history started in the middle of the 1500s when the first European mariners brought African slaves to America, and this type of forced migration played an important role. Unfortunately, the sale and capture of African people in the slave markets in America were quite barbaric and they resulted in many deaths. 2/5 of all African captives had to die on their way to such markets where they were sold to white people.
On special salve vessels, Africans were chained below decks, and a big part of them died in the sea. In America, such people were sold at special auctions to slave owners who wanted to buy them mainly as plantation workers. The worst part is that they have the right to punished slaves severely, and they could break up families. The good news is that African slaves managed to develop their unique and strong cultural identity, despite their endless hardships. Over time, this culture enriched American dance, music, art, and theatre. For example, different African rhythms found their unique way into European marches.
The next important phase in the African American history is associated with the Civil War and Abolition. In both the 17th and 18th centuries, many black people finally gained their freedom and access to the American society. Most of them decided to move to the North, and all African Americans made their significant contributions to the infrastructure and economic because they worked on canals, roads, and so on.
When it comes to the Reconstruction and Reaction, this period started after the defeat of the Confederacy. Black people started to build their own schools and churches, bought land, and voted into offices. The Ku Klux Klan involved many members who organized terrorist raids to kill African Americans, and they burned new churches, schools, and homes.
Finally, students shouldn’t forget about the Great Migration to the North that started in the 1890s because it also played a huge role in the history of African Americans. This is when many young and eager black men took all kinds of unskilled jobs in such major cities as Detroit, Chicago, and others. They definitely improved their lives there, and black urban culture blossomed at that period of time. Today, African Americans make their significant contributions to each segment of the modern American society, including literature, science, and so on.
The African American history started in the middle of the 1500s when the first European mariners brought African slaves to America, and this type of forced migration played an important role. Unfortunately, the sale and capture of African people in the slave markets in America were quite barbaric and they resulted in many deaths.