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African American Troops of Company K, 9th Cavalry Fought in the Battle of Fort Lancaster

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
Captain William Frohock, Lieutenant Frederick Smith and the black troopers of Company K, 9th Cavalry, received an after-Christmas surprise from Kickapoo raiders in 1867.

Martin Luther King Jr.: FBI's Campaign to Discredit the Civil Rights Leader

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
After the March on Washington, the FBI launched a vicious campaign to utterly discredit Martin Luther King Jr.

The Negro League: Sixty Years of Segregated Baseball

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm
Until 1947, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, talented black athletes toiled in relative obscurity in the Negro leagues, despite the exciting caliber of their play.

Hank Aaron: Interview with the Former Atlanta Braves Slugger

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm
With 755 home runs to his credit, the Hank Aaron, former Braves' slugger, discusses Jackie Robinson's challenge of baseball's color line and his own pursuit of Babe Ruth's record.

President John F. Kennedy's Civil Rights Quandary

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm
President Kennedy told the nation on June 11, 1963: 'We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities.'

Joseph Scroggs: Observations From His Diary About the 1864 Petersburg Campaign

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
Excerpts from Joseph Scroggs' diary provide his observations on the service of Negro troops under his command on the Civil War battlefields.

Slave Mutiny on the Amistad

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
An 1839 mutiny aboard the Spanish ship, Amistad, in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.

Horace Pippin: World War I Veteran and Artist

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
World War I veteran Horace Pippin used art to purge himself of the horrors of the trenches.

William W. Brown: Abolitionist and Historian

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
After his 1834 escape to freedom, fugitive slave William Wells Brown used his literary talents for the abolitionist cause and to record the history of America's blacks.

Mary Fields: Female Pioneer in Montana

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
Although she may have been one of the toughest women ever to work in a convent, 'Black Mary' had earned the respect and devotion of most of the residents of the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana, before she died in 1914.

African American Infantrymen in America's West

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
While the exploits of the the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments have received considerable attention, the African-American foot soldiers' story also deserves to be told.

World War II: 761st Tank Battalion

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
The 761st 'Black Panther' Tank Battalion was the first African-American armored unit to see combat.

Many African Americans Were Dedicated Patriots During the American Revolutionary War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
During the American Revolution some of the most ardent Patriots could be found among the colonies' African-Americans.

America's Civil War: 54th Massachusetts Regiment

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
For the men of the 54th Massachusetts, the assault on a Confederate fort outside Charleston was much more than just another battle. It was their chance to show the world that black troops could fight--and die--for the Union.

Drones in the Great Hive: A Letter from an African-American Civil War Soldier

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:02 pm
Christian A. Fleetwood -- an African-American Medal of Honor-winner -- writes bitterly of the way the Union army treats its black soldiers.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Letter From Birmingham City Jail'

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:02 pm
As an eternal statement that resonates hope in the valleys of despair, 'Letter From Birmingham City Jail' is unrivaled, an American document as distinctive as the Declaration of Independence or the Emancipation Proclamation.
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