In the first half of the 20th century, many public facilities in the country were segregated, including schools. Information in this PDF talks about the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education that overturned segregation in schools.
No matter how they came into bondage, African Americans fought back in every aspect of slavery to obtain freedom. This PDF shows how African Americans resisted slavery.
Enslaved African Americans escaped North to find refuge from the horrors of slavery. The state of Michigan became a crucial stop along the way towards freedom. This PDF explains why Michigan plays an important role in the Underground Railroad network.
Across many Northern communities, people remained vigilant to remind the public of the cruelties of slavery and why it needed to be abolished. This PDF explores the active role of the vigilance committee in the city of Detroit.
In the years leading up to and including the Civil War, not all African-Americans were enslaved. This PDF explores the lives of Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delaney, and Benjamin Banneker.
On May 14, 1787, fifty-five delegates from the newly formed United States gathered in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation, and ended up restructuring the government by drafting a new Constitution. In doing so, the architects of the Constitution neither acknowledged or abolished slavery. Little did they know that by sacrificing black slaves in their efforts to create “a more perfect union”, in 1787, the delegates sowed the seeds of the disunion in 1861.