Historical Report on Race

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Historical Report on Race

Aamira Williams

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September 16, 2012

Dr. Robinson

Historical Report on Race

Hey there,

How is everything going for you over there in Mexico? Good I hope. I am writing you this letter because I needed someone to talk to and I know that I can always count on you for a great listening ear. I want to talk about the history of us African American people over here in the United States. We have been through hell and back I tell you.

The first things I want to talk to you about are some of the experiences we have been through throughout the U.S. history. African American people have had to fight for every right that we have today. Our struggles all “... began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco. Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation. The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 solidified the central importance of slavery to the South's economy. By the mid-19th century, America's westward expansion, along with a growing abolition movement in the North, would provoke a great debate over slavery that would tear the nation apart in the bloody American Civil War (1861-65). Though the Union victory freed the nation's 4 million slaves, the legacy of slavery continued to influence American history, from the tumultuous years of Reconstruction (1865-77) to the civil rights movement that emerged in the 1960s, a century after emancipation ("Slavery In America", 1996-2012). Slavery had a big impact on the history of the United States, so much that our children are learning about it in schools today. I think one of the major political and social issues and concerns of us colored folks is racial profiling. Racial profiling seems to be one issue we cannot seem to shake. The government is...