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By Douglas Flamming

From colonial instances to the current, this quantity captures the stories of the westward migration of African americans. in response to the newest examine, it bargains a clean examine the numerous methods African americans influenced—and have been stimulated by—the improvement of the U.S. frontier.African american citizens within the West covers the increase of the slave alternate to its growth into what was once on the time the westernmost usa; from the post–Civil warfare migrations, together with the Exodusters who fled the South for Kansas in 1879 to the mid–20th century civil rights flow, which observed many severe occasions happen within the West—from the association of the Black Panthers in Oakland to the tragic Watts riots in l. a..

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Government. Beckwourth was no stranger to the slaughter of Indians, but in 1864 he stood before Congress and condemned the massacre and the officer who orchestrated it. Perhaps because he was black, Beckwourth was mostly left out of the early histories of America’s western pioneers. He is no longer forgotten, of 34 African Americans in the West course, and has been tramping across the pages of standard history books for some time now—sometimes portrayed as a kind of black pioneering hero, sometimes as a boasting curiosity, sometimes as a bit of both.

England’s 13 colonies on the North American mainland—those that would eventually become the United States—were established rather late in the process. Its first mainland colony (Virginia) was not founded until 1607, nearly a century after the African slave trade began, and its last (Georgia) was established more than a century later. Virginians purchased the first Africans sold in these colonies, when a small number of slaves were hauled into Jamestown in 1619. By the mid-17th century, black slavery had become a firmly established fact of life and law in the English colonies.

To keep the human dimension in the forefront, each chapter begins with a personal story, a little vignette intended to reflect a major thesis in that chapter—a “human interest story” so to speak. To keep these opening vignettes from feeling scattered and unconnected, each one is about someone moving to Los Angeles, California— from the story of the arrival of the founders that opens this chapter to the arrival of Shaquille O’Neal that opens chapter 9. The choice of Los Angeles was not difficult.

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