OURstory in the 1800s...


New! Take the Internet African American History Challenge! This site comprises 11 profiles of prominent 19th-century black Americans. The site doesn't simply tell you which answers you got wrong and give you the correct answer; it tells you where on the site you can read to discover the correct answer.

Click here for the book!! In the most important and best-documented slave insurrection in Southern history, Nat Turner, son of an African-born and enslaved woman in Southampton County, Virginia led an uprising of sixty or seventy slaves.

After Turner capture and confinement in prison, he voluntarily made a confession to Thomas R. Gray. Nat Turner fully acknowledged his confession when read before the Court of Southampton, with the certificate, under seal, of the Court convened at Jerusalem, November 5, 1831, for his trial. As his remarkable confession indicates, he was a preacher motivated by voices to fulfill a dream to liberate his people. At least 51- Gray says 55 - were murdered the night of the uprising, August 21, 1831.

One of the most exciting periods of African American history is the Reconstruction Era. This is when the Freedmen and Southern Society Project were in full effect. For Black people, no single event matches the drama of emancipation. More than a century later, it continues to stir the deepest emotions, and properly so. In the United States, emancipation accompanied the defeat of the world's most powerful slaveholding class and freed a larger number of slaves than did the end of slavery in all other New World societies combined. Clothed in the rhetoric of biblical prophecy and national destiny and born of a bloody civil war, it accomplished a profound social revolution.

Slavery thru 1865.... This Web site is actually a self-instructional program designed to trace and analyze the history of the women/men of African blood in the Americas. The central theme of the class will be survival and creative development of the people even though the environment was oppressive. Some attention will be devoted to those who were forced to settle in the non-English speaking zones of the Western Hemisphere, but the majority of time will be directed to those Africans who settled in the areas which became the United States. Starting with the African beginnings, we will delve into the origins of early man, the development of Sudan kingdoms, the rise of the coastal kingdoms, the arrival of Europeans and the origins of the slave trade, Euro-American attitudes of slavery, the socio-political-economic life of the quasi-freed African-American, etc. how and why abolition was finally achieved will also be examined, as well as the development of integrationist, assimilationist, accommodationist, emigrationist thought of freed African Americans up to the commencement of the Civil War.

National Geographic created a truly wonderful website about the Underground Railroad This site let you take a virtual journey on the famed Underground Railway as a slave looking for freedom. While on this journey, you will meet Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, William Still, Fredrick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony. Take this virtual journey and reflect on what it was like to be a slave trying to get to freedom.


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